Sell at Market

Applications for the 2021 market season are now open! We accept applications annually for farmers and producers selling items that feature agricultural products grown within 200 miles of Washington, DC. Applications received before March 1st will be reviewed with priority.

FRESHFARM is a non-profit that promotes sustainable agriculture and works to improve food access and equity in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

We do this by operating producer-only farmers markets that provide vital economic opportunities to local farmers and food producers. FRESHFARM favors farmers who cultivate the land using sustainable agricultural practices or raise livestock using humane and sustainable practices. FRESHFARM also selects a limited number of value-added producers that use local agricultural products.

FRESHFARM is committed to diversity and building an equitable and inclusive marketplace for people of all backgrounds and experiences. We encourage members of traditionally underrepresented groups to apply to sell at market, including people of color, LGBTQ+ people, veterans, and people with disabilities. We do not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to prevent discrimination against any vendor or applicant on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, disability, or veteran status.

Eligibility

FRESHFARM only admits businesses to our markets that abide by our producer-only and local requirements, and that meet our standards of quality, sustainability, and appropriateness for our farmers markets.

Producer-Only Requirement

All businesses selling at FRESHFARM Markets must exclusively sell products that they have grown or produced. Absolutely NO resales or third-party sales are allowed.

Local Requirement

FRESHFARM works to support local agriculture and improve the quality of life in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. P​articipation in the farmers markets is only for regional farmers who sell what they grow, raise or produce on their farm, and for local producers who make products featuring agricultural foods sourced from Mid-Atlantic farms, preferably within a 200-mile radius of Washington, DC. FRESHFARM gives strong preference to producers and concessionaires who make good-faith efforts to maximize the use of local ingredients (produce, meat, dairy, butter, honey and eggs, etc.) in value-added foods sold at market.

Apply to the 2021 Market Season

Applications to the 2021 market season are open! Interested applicants should visit www.theinfotent.com and complete the following steps to submit an application:

  1. Sign Up and Sign In
  2. Click on “Create A New Company” to create an account for your business
  3. Complete the “New Company” form, detailing your business and operation
  4. Apply to the market(s) that you are interested in attending
  5. Submit the $25 universal application fee, which pays for one or more 2021 market applications

Click here for a brief guide to navigating The Info Tent.

Please read the 2021 Rules and Regulations & Product Guidelines for more information on FRESHFARM market operations, application fees and procedures, product standards and eligibility requirements.

Application Review Process

Applications to FRESHFARM markets are accepted on an annual basis. Markets that are not open year-round accept applications over the winter for the market season beginning the following spring. The application review process provides a framework for FRESHFARM evaluators to review applications governed by the following principles:

  • A fair and transparent decision making process for applicants, the community and the organization.
  • Control for the negative effects of our unconscious biases in making these decisions.
  • To prioritize diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racist practices in our work.
  • To ensure that the goals of FRESHFARM’s mission are continuously supported.

See pages 4-7 of the FRESHFARM 2021 Application Review Procedures for more information on the evaluation methods and criteria used in reviewing market applications.

What’s Next?

All applicants will be notified of their application status (approved, denied or pending) no later than 30 days before the opening day of the market to which they have applied. FRESHFARM conducts site visits to all new applicants prior to offering approval, and FRESHFARM may reach out to applicants for additional information during the application review process. Although you may have applied to a certain market(s), you may be contacted with an opportunity to sell at a different market.

If you are interested in selling at a FRESHFARM market but are not sure if you meet our eligibility criteria, or if you have any other questions, please contact markets@freshfarm.org.