Becoming a Vendor
The Ithaca Farmers Market is comprised of a membership of 60% agriculture and 40% artisan and food vendors. The board determines and monitors the percentages in each category. Maintaining a majority of Ag members is important to the IFM’s status as a farmers market in NYS. In order to become a vendor/member you must live within a 30-mile radius of the market pavilion and make or grow the items that you are selling.
Please use this link to ensure you are within the 30-mile radius of the market pavilion so you are eligible to sell at market: http://www.freemaptools.com/radius-around-point.htm
. Input the market pavilion's address, 545 Third Street, Ithaca, NY, and fill out the radius option with 30 miles.
There is currently space at all our weekend and weekday markets, but space is limited and may not be available at all times during all seasons, especially for new members. Please review the member guidelines
To apply for membership, two application forms must be completed and submitted together. Read below to determine which category you will be applying under, and what paperwork is necessary to be submitted.
This is our New Member Application (pdf)
. Click the link to download an "easy entry" vendor application. You will find craft, food and ag applications below. Please complete and submit both applications and submit together at the same time with payment. You can also use our new online form if you want to pay online
New Applicants are required to purchase Business Liability Insurance in the amount of one million dollars. A Certificate of Liability Insurance naming the vendor as the insured and the IFM as the Certificate Holder and the IFM names as additionally insured must be submitted upon acceptance.
Our application form is now ONLINE
(review the below information first before clicking this link)
June 2017 Updates:
- NO NEW FOOD VENDORS ARE BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE 2017 SEASON!)
- Kid's Vending Nights are the last Thursday of the month, June through September 2017. To apply, or for more information, please download the youth market app and return to the market office.
Easy Entry Category
The Easy Entry and the only vendor category available at this time, for ag, artisan and food vendors. EE must comply with the same rules as full and associate with a few differences. See member guidelines
We encourage you join and begin selling at the Farmers Market as an Easy Entry vendor, as you will be placed on a list and move up to either an Associate or Full Member as space becomes available.
Easy Entry Ag
To qualify as an Agriculture vendor all items must be grown and processed by the producer/vendor on land within the official 30 mile radius of Ithaca. The farm must be rented or owned by the producer. Exceptions must be approved by the Agriculture Committee. An agriculture vendor may also sell items which are processed beyond cutting, drying, freezing, pressing, or packaging. These items are considered Enhanced agricultural products. These products have added ingredients not produced on your farm and may be cooked, smoked, cultured, canned, bottled or aged. All enhanced agricultural products are also considered food or craft and are subject to jurying by the appropriate committee. See Ag Guidelines (below) for an in depth description.
Easy Entry Craft
To qualify as a craft vendor all crafts sold at the Ithaca Farmers’ Market must be of high quality workmanship, designed and executed by the vendor within the official 30 mile radius of Ithaca. Commercial duplication printing and/or items assembled from kits may not be sold. basic patterns may be used. Manufactured items may be incorporated in the craft work, such as jewelry findings, furniture hardware, and basic notions, provided the majority of the product is handmade and reflects the skill of the craftsperson. See Artisan Guide (below) for an in depth description.
Easy Entry Food
To qualify as a food vendor all potential applicants must produce their product within the official 30 mile radius of Ithaca, in a licensed facility. A food vendor must participate significantly (approximately 50%) in the hands on preparation of their food product, and all foods the vendor sells must be made by that vendor. Agriculture vendors that process foods and do not grow 75% of the ingredients for those foods are considered a food vendor. Established businesses with one or more venues that collectively seat 19 or more patrons are not eligible for Market membership, See IFM Food Handbook (below) for more details.
Becoming an Associate or Full Member
The committees governing the various categories select Associate and Full Members when an opening occurs.
An Associate Vendor is the next level up from our Easy Entry Program and may attend a Saturday market if there are booths open. Please see member guidelines.
Full Members may attend all markets and may be offered a permanent booth which they must occupy for a minimum number of Saturdays (see member guidelines)