CFM Vendor Criteria
Community Farmers Markets aims to create a local food infrastructure for long term sustainability and meaningful community impact. We seek producers, programs, and partnerships that uphold environmental, social, and economic integrity.
We select a diverse group of vendors for each of our markets to provide our customers with access to the highest quality fresh and local food. No spots are guaranteed and all selected vendors will be considered probationary in the first season. The criteria outline below will be strictly enforced and is subject to audit.
- CFM supports primary producers. We do not allow the resale of any product at our markets without prior approval.
- Vendors selling edible products must obtain general and product liability insurance.
- Vendors must comply with all requirements set forth by Department of Health, the Georgia Department of Agriculture, and/ or the USDA, and obtain any and all permits and licenses required by local and State law, including, but not limited to a business license.
Vendors who are found not adhering to CFM by-laws and regulations of local and State laws are subject to review.
Products that may be sold at CFM markets include the following:
- Vegetables grown by the seller from seeds, seedlings, or sets.
- Fruits, berries, or nuts grown on trees, bushes, or vines on the seller’s farm.
- Plants grown by the seller from seed, seedling, or transplant.
- Eggs produced by the seller’s poultry.
- Honey produced by the seller’s bees.
- Fresh baked goods and prepared food items must be made from scratch by the seller using locally sourced, sustainable ingredients.
- Fresh cut flowers grown on the seller’s farm.
- Meat products must be produced from animals raised on the seller’s farm.
- Dairy products, including milk, cheese, and yogurt must be produced from animals raised on the seller’s farm.
- Fish products must to be humanely caught or raised.
- Pet food and treats made from scratch by the seller using locally sourced, sustainable ingredients.
- Foraging is an acceptable practice. Foraged products must be approved by the CFM Director of Operations prior to sale.
CFM supports sustainable farming practices and a sustainability assessment is a requirement of the vendor application process.
- We use Organic and Certified Naturally Grown standards as the baseline for selecting vendors, although we do not require vendors to be USDA Certified Organic. Any pesticides, herbicides, GMO seeds or synthetic fertilizers must be disclosed at the time of the application. If accepted to vend at any CFM, written approval from the Director of Operations must be obtained prior to goods entering the market that do not meet Organic/ CNG standard.
- CFM supports small, local, and diversified farms. Proximity of your farm’s location will be considered in the application process.
- CFM defines local as within a 200 mile radius of the city of Atlanta.
- Reselling is not permitted without approval. We may permit you to sell a colleagues’ products if the farm has undergone CFM approval and you receive prior written approval from the Director of Operations. All products not grown on your farm must be labeled as such, meeting the criteria of the City of Atlanta Farmers Market Ordinance, regardless of which CFM market you are vending at.
- Foraged products are acceptable, but all foraged food must be pre-approved by the Market Manager and clearly labeled as “wild” or “foraged”.
Prepared Food Products:
- All foods must be prepared in a kitchen certified by Department of Agriculture, Department of Health or USDA.
- All products must be made by you or your staff (ie: if you sell cookies, you must make the cookies from scratch).
- If selling packaged food items, all vendors must have Food Sales Establishment License and Department of Agriculture approved labels.
- Use of local farm ingredients is required. If the product is available locally, it is expected that you will purchase it from a local and sustainable source. We ask that you source products in the following order:
- From within the market
- From local farms
- Within Georgia
- Within the Southeast region
- Within the continental US
- Use of sustainably produced ingredients is strongly encouraged. Individuals whose sourcing most aligns with this criteria will receive preference for market admittance.
- All meat products must be pre-approved by the Director of Operations. CFM requires meat products to be sourced from sustainable producers, such as from another CFM vendor if available, and/ or organic, local, grass-feed, free-range, etc.
- All vendors must submit a list of ingredients and sources to be pre-approved by the Director of Operations. If utilizing a seasonal menu, a regular update the to the Director of Operations is required for pre-approval of new products.
Pet Food & Treats
- All Pet Food & Treats must meet the regulations and requirements outlined by the Georgia Department of Agriculture Plant Food, Fee & Grain Division.
- Pet Food & Treats must incorporate local and sustainable products. Preference is given those who source products from CFM farmers.
- There is only one space devoted to pet food & treats at each market, we do not repeat vendor booths within this category.
- CFM exists to support farmers and local food producers, however we feature regular and occasional artists.
- Artists are strongly encouraged to use items and create products that relate to the mission of our markets.
Bath & Body Products:
- Bath & Body products must incorporate local and sustainable materials.
- There is only one space devoted to bath & body products at each market — we do not repeat vendor booths within this category.
The 2017 Vendor Application deadline has passed as of Friday, January 13th. All applicants applying for the 2017 Vendor Waiting List will be contacted should relevant space at our markets become available.
2017 Vendor Application Waiting List
Thank you for your interest in becoming a vendor with Community Farmers Markets. If you are interested in becoming a vendor and meet the above requirements, interested parties are welcome to apply to our 2017 Vendor Waiting List Application. All supplemental materials should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “[YOUR BUSINESS/FARM] Supplemental Materials” and application fees should be paid using the PayPal link below. Please note application fees are nonrefundable.
Required Supplemental Materials:
- Business license
- Department of Ag/Health Certification, as required by your business
- Proof of Liability Insurance
- Farm Plan (for growers)
- Ingredient lists and sourcing information (for producers)
The separate payment options for applications fees are below. Please note, there is no application fee required if applying to the Westside Farmers Market.
** Returning vendors & new vendors**
Please submit your payment using the corresponding application fee page, linked above. Applications will not be considered complete until the application fee is paid. All application fees are nonrefundable.
Please submit your payment using the corresponding application fee page, linked above.
If accepted to vend with Community Farmers Markets vendor booth fees will be collected weekly. Please refer to the following chart for more information regarding the cost of weekly fees.
East Atlanta Village
If accepted to vend with Community Farmers Markets, vendor booth fees will be collected weekly.
PCFM: April 11 – November 21
DFMW: April 5 – December 13
EAVFM: April 13 – December 14
DFMS: April 8 – December 16
GPFM: April 2 – December 17
||Weekly Farmer Fee
||Full Season Prepay – Farmers
||Weekly Non-Farmer Fee
||Full Season Prepay – Non-Farmers
|Ponce City (Close July 4th)
|Decatur Wednesday (Closed November 22nd)
|East Atlanta Village
(Closed August 27th:
Summer Shade Festival)
||Season Length TBD
||Season Length TBD