So You Want to Be a Vendor…
The Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market is open every Saturday, 8-2, September through July, on the 200 & 300 blocks of N. Kentucky Avenue.
We emphasize handmade, homegrown, wholesome products, with a few exceptions that are carefully controlled. For this reason, not all vendor applications are accepted. Careful consideration is given to the product mix at the Market. Highest priority is given to produce and other high quality food products. Space is limited by category, not necessarily by the Market’s overall space availability. We are not a “flea market” or a place for ordinary resale of products. Please do not apply if you sell online re-sale products.
Applications for the 2016-2017 Market year are currently being taken.
***At this time we have met the threshold for the following categories:
Shaved ice, Sno-cone
Vendors applying with any of these products will be added to our waiting list.
Updated June 2016
Potential vendors are processed in the order they are received via the Online Application Form below. Decisions are not made over the phone, so please be sure to follow the steps found here to apply. The process may take several weeks as we ensure that the Market maintains the perfect balance of the highest quality products. Communications throughout the application process are via email.
STEP 1 : Get to Know the Market
Before applying to be a vendor, we suggest visiting the Market to browse the products sold and experience its atmosphere. Market Manager, Jim Luna is on site each Saturday to manage the operations of the Market. He is rarely available to discuss the vendor process in detail on these busy Saturdays, which is why the process is detailed here. You may also want to speak with some of the vendors to get their experiences at the Market. Our Facebook page is another great way to get a feel for what goes on here and get a sense of our community.
STEP 2 : Review the Vendor Agreement and the Rules & Regulations
Take a look at the LINKED DOCUMENTS at the bottom of this page to find out what kinds of documentation you will need, what the rules are, and the “costs” to be a vendor. We suggest reviewing all of the documents so you can be ready with any questions not answered in the documents. No vendor is allowed to begin vending at the Market until all of the required paperwork, insurance, etc is turned in to the LDDA.
QUICK FACTS TO NOTE:
- Vendors do not need a business tax license from the city or county to be at the Downtown Farmers Curb Market. The Market’s tax licenses cover the vendors only at the Market but not other markets or locations that vendors wishes to participate in. Vendors who sell at other locations still need a county and city business tax license to sell at those locations.
- All vendors who sell taxable foods/goods must have a sales tax ID number. Be prepared to send a copy of your tax ID certificate as part of the required documents. You will also be required to display your certificate at your booth each Saturday.
Food vendors have different criteria depending on whether they qualify under the Cottage Food Act (see link at the bottom of the page) or require a commissary kitchen. But all cottage food vendors and farmers are required to have general liability insurance with the LDDA and City of Lakeland as an additional insured. See the details about this in the vendor agreement.
- Non cottage food vendors need a commissary letter from the licensed business they use for the commercial kitchen unless they are a caterer/bricks & mortar food service business themselves.
- Mobile “ready-to-eat” food vendors (meaning no bricks & mortar location) need a mobile vendor license with the state of Florida. Visit myfloridalicense.com for more information. We limit the number of these so as to not compete with our Downtown restaurants.
- All packaged food vendors are regulated by the Department of Agriculture and require a state license. You must research your own required documents with the state.
For example, once approved to be at the market a vendor selling art, jewelry, woodwork, clothing needs only a sales tax ID number. A vendor with no bricks & mortar location selling ready-to-eat foods would need: 1. a state license, 2. food handlers permit/license, 3. insurance with LDDA and City of Lakeland as additional insured, 4. Sales Tax ID number.
STEP 3 : Complete the New Vendor Application Form Below. To ensure that each application is answered timely and in order to track the status of the application process, we require that the online application form be completed. Step 4 can be done in conjunction with but not instead of step 3.
STEP 4 : Submit Your Products via Email – send to DFCMmanager@gmail.com and Phyllis.Sharp@lakelandgov.net
Immediately After completing the online vendor application form above, prospective vendors should email the Market Manager and LDDA staff with descriptions and photos of what you wish to sell at the Market. The more detail the better. The Market Manager can not and will not make product decisions over the phone. He needs to see examples of what is to be sold and a description of the process of how it is made. Sometimes the Market has met its threshold of a certain type of vendor/product category and any additional ones go on a waiting list. For example, we wouldn’t want 4 different coffee vendors!
Maybe you represent a non-profit and would like a table at the Market to share your information. We allow that, with the approval of the Market Manager. We ask non-profits who wish to set up to 1) Provide something of value to the Market’s customers like a small treat along with information and 2) Stay for the duration of the Market’s hours, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., unless prior exceptions have been granted by the Market Manager. Complete the Vendor Application Form Online and contact the Market Manager by email to discuss.
We are always looking for new vendors and we are glad to receive all applications! Even if a category is full today, that does not mean we won’t have a need in the near future. It is best to send fill out the Vendor Application Form and get started in the process. Thanks for your interest, and we hope you can join us!
STEP 5 : Complete the Vendor Agreement and provide required licenses, etc.
Once the Market Manager has approved your application, fill out the vendor agreement below and provide all required documents that apply to you.
|VENDOR APPLICATION PROCESS CHECK LIST – Please print this for YOUR use to be sure you are following the process. No vendor is allowed to set up at the Market until LDDA final approval is given.|
|Cottage Food FAQs|
|Cottage Food Advisory Final Draft|
|SNAP VENDOR AGREEMENT – Only SNAP eligible food product vendors need this agreement|