How to be a Vendor

Congratulations on taking the first step to joining the Moscow Farmers Market! Whether this is your first time with a new venture, you have an established business to introduce or you’re simply seeking a unique, social opportunity to engage with the community, we are here for you every step of the way. If you have any questions, please contact farmersmarket@ci.moscow.id.us

The paragraphs below describe the process of becoming a new vendor, and the Vendor Handbook includes details about market policies. Our most basic requirements are that you are the grower / producer and your operation is within 200 air miles of the City of Moscow, Idaho. People who wish to sell at the market must qualify in at least one vending category as defined by the Vendor Handbook. 

Agricultural Vendors

Examples

Agricultural vendors include fresh produce and nursery vendors, meat or poultry vendors, apiarist vendors, and forager vendors. Certain value-added vendors (jams, ciders, salsas, wine, cheeses, etc) may also be considered agricultural vendors if the majority of their ingredients are grown on the producer's farm, ranch, or garden, and are subsequently processed by the grower.

How to Apply

First, send a message to farmersmarket@ci.moscow.id.us to schedule a brief interview with the Market manager to discuss whether you meet the basic requirements to be an agricultural vendor. Management will then provide you with a registration packet and instructions for registering online. If an agricultural vendor plans to sell any non-agricultural products, they will need to be approved through the jury process (see Appendix 6 in the Vendor Handbook).

Non-Agricultural Vendors

Examples

Prepared food vendors include processed foods (jams, ciders, salsas, wine, cheeses, etc) with ingredients not grown or raised by the producer, and ready to eat foods that are served on Market day with the intent of immediate consumption.

Craft and/or artisan vendors sell original products that are hand-crafted and designed by the vendor, including fine arts, heritage arts, and decorative arts. 

Please see the Vendor Handbook for more information on which non-agricultural products can be sold at the Farmers Market.

How to Apply

The Market hosts juries each year as a way to invite small, new, and upcoming business operations to participate in the Moscow Farmers Market. All non-agricultural products need to be approved through the jury process. The jury evaluation process is outlined in the Vendor Handbook, in addition to the Jury Reservation Form. To participate in a jury, please review, complete, and submit the Jury Reservation Form to farmersmarket@ci.moscow.id.us to reserve a space. Forms are due a week and a half prior to the preferred jury date to allow for adequate communication of details leading up to the jury. 

2019 Jury Dates:

  • March 15, 2019 (March 6th deadline)
  • June 7, 2019 (May 29th deadline)
  • June 28, 2019 (June 19th deadline)

Forms are due by 5:00 p.m. on the given deadline.

Approved participants will be provided with registration instructions. 

Non-approved participants will have results returned to them with feedback from the evaluation panel. Non-approved participants are encouraged to make improvements based on the feedback and may re-submit a reservation form for a following jury date.

Youth Vendors

The Market encourages and supports early entrepreneurial interest of farming, gardening, crafts, and food preparation. The general rules of the market apply to the Youth Market. Please see the Vendor Handbook for more information on Market policies.

To participate as a Youth Vendor, please fill out the Youth Vendor Application (PDF) and turn it in to the Farmers Market office in Moscow City Hall.

Performance Vendors (Buskers)

We offer several spaces throughout the market for buskers and street performers. Entertainers are welcome to seek tips or donations, and space can be reserved at the City Tent on market days. To become a performance vendor, fill out a Busking Registration Form (PDF), a Release & Hold Harmless, and a self-copying ST-124 tax form at Farmers Market office in City Hall.

Becoming a performance vendor is a separate process from market's Friendship Square concert series. To apply to be a scheduled performer, please read and fill out this online application.