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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 as well as products that might compete with our Bricks & Mortar Downtown neighbors. Highest priority is given to produce and other high quality packaged food products that support a farmers market atmosphere.  Space is limited by product category, not necessarily by the Market’s overall space availability. We are not a “flea market” or a place for ordinary resale of products or independent distributors. Non-food vendors must meet high standards of craft/artisan designation by the Market committee.

Applications for the 2017-2018 Market year are currently being taken.  No additional Vendors will be added to the Market ending July 2017.

***At this time we have met the threshold for the following categories. Applications from these categories will be immediately wait-listed.

Mugs/cups/decorated glassware
Any item that is embroidered/screen printed/computer generated images or text
Candles

Soap
Honey
Jewelry
Massage
Pastries/baked goods/breads
Shaved ice, Sno-cone
Coffee
Hand crafted wood products – furniture/accessories
Ready-to-eat Foods
Embroidery items 

 

Vendors applying with any of these products will be added to our waiting list.
Updated October 2017

How does the application process work?

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 and that all required license and permits are secured by each vendor prior to beginning at the Market.  Contacts with applicants throughout the application process are via email so that Market management can track communications. Applications are processed once a week – on Wednesday mornings, so depending on when an application is submitted, a response may take up to 7 days to be sent.

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

You can read a generic version of the agreement details at this link: AGREEMENT DETAILS

Vendors do not rent space at the Market. Fees are based on the vendor’s rate for Shared Marketing Costs (SMC). You can read about Shared Marketing Costs in the agreement details linked above. Vendors who do not commit to a full-time or seasonal agreement are considered part-time.  Part-time SMC costs are paid weekly at a rate of $30 per week. Seasonal vendors and full-time vendors pay monthly, and rates range from $80 per month to $120 per month.

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  at the Market but not other markets or locations that vendors wishes to participate in. Vendors who sell at other locations besides the Downtown Farmers Curb Market 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  or require state licensing through the Department of Business & Professional Regulation (DBPR) or the Department of Agriculture (see links at the bottom of the page).  But all  food vendors & some 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 details text linked above.

To better understand the required food licenses, etc. please refer to this diagram:
FOOD LICENSES DIAGRAM

NON-FOOD Vendors require only a sales tax certificate.

STEP 3 : Complete the New Vendor Application Online 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. Be sure to list IN DETAIL ALL the products you wish to sell, including food ingredients such as dairy, vegetables, and meats. This is used to determine your eligibility and the vendor agreement type we send you to complete if accepted.  Vague information will automatically be rejected.

You can not change or add to your product list once approved without starting the process over again.

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STEP 4 : Submit Your Products photos via Email – send to DFCMmanager@gmail.com and psharp@ldda.org

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 applications 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. 3) Complete the Vendor Application Form Online. These applications are also only processed once per week. If approved you will be sent an agreement to fill out and return.

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 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 : If approved we will email you the vendor agreement to be filled out and returned along  with required licenses, etc. You are not eligible to set up at the Market until all required paperwork is turned in and you have received the “Welcome to the Market” email from LDDA staff. 

Reference materials:

Department of Revenue – Apply for a sales tax certificate here
 Cottage Food Information
Department of Agriculture Food Permit Information

Department of Business & Professional Regulation

 SNAP VENDOR AGREEMENT – Only SNAP eligible food product vendors need this agreement

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