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Thank you for your interest in selling with Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association (PCFMA)!

PCFMA operates California Certified Farmers' Markets, which means that you have the opportunity to sell what you grow or produce directly to the public. The success of our thriving community markets depends on the farmers and food producers who are committed to our mission.

If you are new to PCFMA and wish to apply, please complete the Interest Form. If your product is a good fit for our markets, you will be emailed an application.  Applications from new producers are accepted through the year by invitation only.

If you participated in any PCFMA markets in 2016 or 2017, please use the unique custom link that was sent to you via email and postcard (see the FAQ for more details) to reapply to sell in 2018.  Remember you must complete your application by February, 2018 to continue selling in the PCFMA markets you currently attend.

A status letter indicating which markets you have been accepted to attend in 2018 will be sent within three weeks after we receive your completed application.  Application fees and due dates have changed, please review the FAQ section below.

Please note that application processing fees are non-refundable.

Please be familiar with the terms of selling in PCFMA farmers' markets before applying.  Completing the application requires you to attest that you have read, understood, and will comply with the PCFMA Rules and Regulations including PCFMA's farm inspection program.

We look forward to working with you!

 

Frequently Asked Questions

We accept applications for agricultural products from California Certified Agricultural Producers and applications for non-agricultural products from local entrepreneurs preparing specialty food products. Wine, beer and artisanal crafts are accepted under certain conditions.

You must grow or produce on a California farm all of the agricultural products you plan to sell in a PCFMA farmers' market. Agricultural products include fresh fruits, vegetables, greens, nuts, honey, eggs, meat, cheese, fresh cut flowers, olive oil, nursery plants and orchids. You must be a Certified Agricultural producer. Contact your home county's Agricultural Commissioner if you need to get certified. All agricultural producers must agree to PCFMA's Rules and Regulations and fill out an agricultural Bio Poster questionnaire.

All PCFMA farmers' markets have a separate designated area for non-agricultural food items such as baked goods, specialty or ethnic foods, or ready-to-eat foods. In keeping with the spirit of the farmers' market you must prepare the products yourself. All non-agricultural producers must agree to PCFMA's Rules and Regulations.  PCFMA only accepts non-agricultural food products produced in a certified kitchen in accordance with the California Retail Food Code and obtain a county health permit, following these steps, for the markets that you are accepted to sell.

The application fee to sell in all PCFMA markets is $200. This is a non-refundable processing fee. It is not a guaranteed that we will be able to reserve you in any of our markets.

Returning producers who submit an application before January 9, 2017 will receive a $50 discount.  Returning producers will not be able to attend markets after February 7, 2017 without a renewed application.

Note: If applying with a second agriculture certificate, you will be charged an additional $100.

Stall fees are based on a 10’x10’ booth space. Market managers collect them at the end of the market day for your convenience.

 

Tier 1 Farmers' Markets

Tier 2 Farmers' Markets

Agricultural Off Season
(Dec-Mar)
$30
+ $15/ market day for 2nd Agricultural Certificate
$38
+ $15/ market day for 2nd Agricultural Certificate

Agricultural Peak Season
(Mar-Nov)

$40
+ $50/ market day for 2nd Agricultural Certificate

$48
+ $50/ market day for 2nd Agricultural Certificate

Non-agricultural (Pre-packaged) Off Season (Dec-Mar) $45 $53
Non-agricultural (Pre-packaged) Peak Season (Mar-Nov) $55 $65
Non-Agricultural (On-site Processing) Off Season (Dec-Mar) $55 $63
Non-Agricultural (On-site Processing) Peak Season (Mar-Nov) $65 $73
Artisans (Non-food Products) Off Season (Dec-Mar) $30 $30

Artisans (Non-food Products) Peak Season (Mar-Nov)

$35

$35

In addition to the stall fees, all producers are required to pay to PCFMA the state-mandated fee of $2.00 per market day.

We understand there may be times you’re short staffed, have family obligations or simply don’t feel well. So we can create the best market experiences for customers, we ask for at least 48 hours advance notice when you are unable to attend. Vendors who do not provide proper notice will be charged a “no show” fee equivalent to the stall fee.

PCFMA vendors need to have general liability insurance with minimum coverage of $1,000,000. You must also name Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association as an additional insured on the general liability insurance policy. The proof of insurance you send to PCFMA must include the listing of PCFMA as an additional insured. New vendors may wait to receive their market status letter before submitting proof of insurance.

All non-agricultural food products must come from a certified kitchen. While California law allows the limited sale of food products manufactured in a home kitchen per the California Homemade Food Act (AB 1616), we do not currently admit those products from non-agricultural producers in our markets. However, adding them is under consideration and we’re happy to give you a heads-up if it happens. Please email paperwork@pcfma.org to be added to our mailing list.

Perfectly paired foods and wines are one of the great pleasures in life and we're welcoming more California wineries to our markets. Wine sales and wine sampling are allowed in select PCFMA farmers' markets.

Please note that only California wineries are permitted to sell their wines, which they bottle and which are made entirely from grapes or other agricultural products that they grow themselves, at Certified Farmers' Markets.

The rise of micro-breweries and delicious small-batch beers is a great addition to the local food scene. In keeping with our mission, PCFMA allows beer sales and samples in certain farmers' markets if the brewery can demonstrate that some portion of the harvested ingredients are California grown.

You'll need a Farmers' Market Sales Permit (Type 79). California Alcoholic Beverage Commission for either beer or wine.

Please contact our Regional Manager Greg Pursley for information about selling beer or wine in our farmers' markets.

Crafts, jewelry and other handmade artisan items may be sold at our Saturday markets in Clayton, Pleasant Hill, and Pittsburg. Space is limited and not guaranteed by filling out an Artisan Application.

Applications from returning producers are accepted throughout the year.  However, returning producers who submit a completed application by January 9, 2017 receive a $50 discount on the application fee. And, Returning producers will not be able to attend markets after February 7, 2017 without a renewed application.

Applications from new producers are accepted thought the year by invitation only.

If you wish to perform music at our farmers' markets, please fill out the musician application.  Be sure to include a link to a sample where our staff can hear a sample of your performance.  If we think your sound would be a good fit in our markets, we will contact you to coordinate performing dates for the markets you select.