What permits do I need to sell at a farmers market?

Wondering what permits you need to sell at a farmers market? Whether you’re a farmer, baker, chef, or artist, selling at a farmer’s market is a great way to connect with customers and make more sales. Here’s what you need to know about how to become a vendor at farmers markets.

Permit/License to Sell at Farmers Market

how to sell at a farmers market

If you’re already asking, “what permits do I need to sell at a farmers market?” rather than “do I need a permit to sell at a farmer’s market?” you are off to a great start.

You will need permits and a license to sell at a farmer’s market. Farmers, bakers, and chefs need to have up-to-date food handler’s cards before selling at a farmer’s market. Most food businesses will also be required to show proof of a Retail Food Establishment License when applying to sell at a market.

All markets require vendors to purchase a health permit once their applications are accepted.

If you are selling non-agricultural foods, liked baked goods, your food needs to be produced in a commercial kitchen.

How much does it cost to sell at a farmers market?

It will cost at least $100 to sell at a farmer’s market. The cost includes the application fee and the price per number of market locations. For California Bay Area farmer’s markets, you may spend up to $500, depending on the number of markets you wish to participate in.

Keep in mind that there will be additional expenses. These may include pop-up tents, tables, chairs, displays, employees, POS systems, signage, packaging, and more, depending on your business needs.

Setting up your farmer’s market booth

Attract customers with an eye-catching booth. Check out our farmer’s market display blog for ideas.

Accepting payment: Print your Airmart store QR code onto signage and display it around your booth so customers can scan it and pay via credit card, Venmo, and more. Don’t have an Airmart shop yet? Start one for free:

Bay Area Farmers Markets

You can sell at one or more of these popular Bay Area farmers markets:

  • Mountain View farmers market
  • Sunnyvale farmers market
  • Fremont farmers market
  • Palo Alto farmers market
  • Campbell farmers market
  • Berkeley farmers market
  • Oakland farmers market
  • San Rafael farmers market
  • Cupertino farmers market
  • Los Gatos farmers market