Here we will post frequently asked questions from potential vendors about the Market. If your are looking for general FAQs about the Market, please see the FAQ link.
How can I apply to sell at the Market?
Visit the APPLY page under the FOR VENDORS tab.
How much does it cost to be a Vendor at the Market?
Vendors pay Shared Marketing Costs (SMC) based on the time commitment they make to the Market. The SMC vary from about $20-$30 per week. Farmers get a discount. Additional space available at an additional cost.
Are sales subject to sales tax?
Yes. Vendors are responsible for charging and collecting sales tax for items that require it. Vendors must provide the Market with their Sales Tax Certificate.
What licenses are needed to sell food at the Market?
Sales Tax License is required for those selling items that are taxable including ready-to-eat foods.
Vendors who prepackaged food items who are not regulated under the Cottage Food Act must be licensed with the Department of Agriculture. To learn more about the requirements contact the Department of Agriculture at 850.245.5520.
Vendors who sell ready-to-eat foods are regulated by the Department of Health and require a license through the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and a Food Handlers License. Their contact number is 850.487.1395.
Vendors who only sell at the Downtown Farmers Curb Market are covered by the Market’s Business Tax License with the City of Lakeland. If vendors sell elsewhere they should have their own Business Tax License.
Are non-profits allowed to set up at the Market?
Yes, with approval of the Market Manager and as space allows.
How are the locations of the Vendors determined?
The Market Manager determines the location of vendors based on space availability, vendor products, and needs and overall flow of the Market.
Can Vendor space be shared by multiple businesses?
No. You may not invite other businesses to be in your space.
What kind of products are allowed for sale at the Market?
We are not a “flea market” or a place for ordinary resale of products. We emphasize handmade, homegrown, wholesome products, with a few exceptions that are carefully controlled.