2024 Vendor Application

2024 Market Information

The 2024 regular season applications will be available starting on December 1 for our returning 2023 vendors and on January 1, 2024 for all new and returning vendors.


Please note that at this time our Saturday and Tuesday Tower Grove Park markets are full for the 2024 season. Applicants for these markets will be placed on our waitlist. 

STL-FM thanks you for your interest in vending at our 2024 Farmers Markets. Market FAQs available here. 

STL-FM, LLC was established in 2006, launching Tower Grove Farmers Market the same year. Creating a community driven space for Farmers & Artisans to share their wares with local shoppers every Saturday was well-received by St. Louis. In this, the 18th annual season, the Markets have grown exponentially. STL-FM currently runs 4 weekly markets, each with its own culture, shoppers, and personality.

2024 Application is available here: 2024 Application 

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Saturday Tower Grove Farmers’ Market
Maximum of 120 vendors per week.
2024 regular season applications will be available starting on December 1 for our returning 2023 vendors and on January 1, 2024 for all new and returning vendors.

Saturdays, 8am-12:30pm, Load-in 6am-7:15am, April 6 – November 2 (31 dates total)

Join us for our 18th Market Season in Tower Grove Park as a makers-only, growers-only market. This market is our namesake and largest of them all. Reach thousands of shoppers every Saturday at the Tower Grove Farmers’ Market.

Farmers (To qualify as a farmer, over 90% of products sold at the market must be unprocessed agriculture products):
Season-long fee if paid in full: $1,000 (equivalent of $32 per week); Add $100 for a vehicle.
Weekly vending fee: $45; Add $10 per week for a vehicle.

Non-Farmers:

Season-long fee if paid in full: $1,250 (equivalent of $40 per week); Add $400 for a vehicle.
Weekly vending fee: $65; Add $20 per week for a vehicle. 

 

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Tuesday Tower Grove Farmers’ Market
Maximum of 50 vendors per week
2024 regular season applications will be available starting on December 1 for our returning 2023 vendors and on January 1, 2024 for all new and returning vendors.

Tuesdays, 4pm – dusk, Load-in 2pm-3:15pm, May 7 – September 24 (22 dates total)

Our Tuesday Market has is a Tower Grove neighborhood tradition! It’s well-attended with a fun and festive atmosphere. 

Farmers (To qualify as a farmer, over 90% of products sold at the market must be unprocessed agriculture products):

Season-long fee if paid in full: $600 (equivalent of $27 per week).
Weekly vending fee: $30.

Non-Farmers:

Season-long fee if paid in full: $700 (equivalent of $32 per week).
Weekly vending fee: $35.

 

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The Boulevard Farmers’ Market
Maximum of 50 vendors per week
2024 regular season applications will be available starting on December 1 for our returning 2023 vendors and on January 1, 2024 for all new and returning vendors.

Sundays, 9am-1pm, May 5 – October 27, Load-in 7am-8:15am (27 dates total)

The Sunday Market continues to grow each year. Reach shoppers in St. Louis County who appreciate an accessible and well-curated market. This market is limited to 50 vendors per week. 

Farmers (To qualify as a farmer, over 90% of products sold at the market must be unprocessed agriculture products):

Season-long fee if paid in full: $800 (equivalent of $29 per week).
Weekly vending fee: $35.

Non-Farmers:

Season-long fee if paid in full: $900 (equivalent of $33 per week).
Weekly vending fee: $40.

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Rockwell Beer Garden Farmers’ Market at Francis Park
Maximum of 50 vendors per week.
2024 regular season applications will be available starting on December 1 for our returning 2023 vendors and on January 1, 2024 for all new and returning vendors.

Thursdays, 4pm-7pm, May 2 – September 26, Load-in 2:30-3:30pm (21 dates total, no market on July 4)

Our newest market is set in Francis Park in the vibrant St. Louis Hills neighborhood. 

Farmers (To qualify as a farmer, over 90% of products sold at the market must be unprocessed agriculture products):

Season-long fee if paid in full: $550 (equivalent of $26 per week).
Weekly vending fee: $30.

Non-Farmers:

Season-long fee if paid in full: $650 (equivalent of $31 per week).
Weekly vending fee: $35.

 


2024 Vendor Application


Please Note: The non-refundable $25 application fee must be paid at time of application or the application will not be processed. When you submit your application, you will be redirected to the application fee payment page.  


STL-FM Rules and Regulations

 
Please read carefully, some policies have changed for 2024.
By checking each box below you acknowledge that you have read, understand, and agree to the rules and regulations of STL-FM.

TGFM Saturday: 31 weekly markets
BLVD Sunday: 27 weekly markets
TGFM Tuesday: 22 weekly markets
Rockwell Beer Garden @ Francis Park Thursday: 21 weekly markets - (no market 7/4)


Cancellation Policy 


Application, Deposit, Payment, and Attendance Policies


Applications are processed in the order they are received. Please note that applications may take 2-3 weeks to process. If you are accepted or rejected, you will be notified via email. If you have not heard anything from us within 20 days of applying, please follow up with the market managers with one inquiry email.


Communication


Vendors will receive an email a few days prior to each market they are signed up for. The weekly email will contain important set up information and any other necessary information that vendors need to know for Market day. It is imperative that you read this email each week.


Late Arrival Policy


Weather Communication


The Markets are all-weather. If there is severe weather, STL-FM will send out a SMS text notification to the contact listed on the application with updates. If no notification is received, the market is on!


Market Culture


STL-FM has worked diligently to create an inclusive space that is open and inviting to all. This includes creating a positive community of vendors. In providing a welcoming environment, the expectation is that vendors contribute positively to the community. Please treat others with respect, if you have any issues with another vendor, please bring it to the attention of the Market Manager. Help your neighbor and create success with each other. The safety of vendors, shoppers and staff is of the utmost importance.


Local Foods Policy / Makers’ Market


Vendors who wish to sell produce or products not grown or made by their farm or business must submit a written request to the market either by email or by letter at the market information booth. Included in the request must be the farm or business that is growing or making the product, a contact name and phone number, and their farming practices and complete list of ingredients if applicable. The sale of any products prior to approval by the market board is prohibited. City and County Health Inspectors will inspect the markets regularly and it is your responsibility to be fully permitted and in compliance with all City or County guidelines.
We are proud to be a “Makers’ Market” and (with a few exceptions) require the items being sold by both food vendors and artisans not be “resold” items. “Upcycled” items are acceptable, upon approval by the Market Manager.


Trash Removal Policy

FAQs

What do I need to bring with me to each market, as a vendor?

  • Vendors are responsible for their own setup and equipment. The required equipment list is the following:

  • 1 Tent. Each space is 10’ x 10’. Tents are required for vendors serving food or beverage and encouraged for all other vendors.

  • Tent Weights. Vendors are required to  provide four 15lb+ weights.

  • Tables & chairs

  • A Bank. Bring small bills and coins to make change for cash payments.
  • E-commerce tool (Square, Venmo, etc.) & battery operated charger. 

  • Chargers

Recommended Equipment, but not required:

  • Mobile Wifi Hotspot Device (non At&T). In the event that Square goes down, this is the best way to protect your credit card transactions. We also recommend having alternative ways to collect funds like Venmo, Zelle, CashApp, etc.

  • Heaters or Fans. Please note, electricity is not available for heating or cooling devices.

Who is invited to participate?

  • Farmers (all products sold must be grown in MO / IL within 150 miles of the market)
  • Meat Vendors (locally produced and processed)
  • Bakery Vendors (locally produced)
  • Vendors of locally produced foods
  • Vendors of locally made non-food products
  • Independent Business Owners that provide services locally (we encourage you to consider being a Market Sponsor!)
  • We highly encourage DIVERSITY at our markets, minority owned/operated businesses will be sought out
  • “Brick and Mortar” businesses: our mission is to incubate small businesses that are starting out, and these applications will be given first priority above established brick and mortar businesses.

Non-Profit Organizations:

  • We welcome an array of non-profit organizations to our Saturday Tower Grove Farmers Market. Each NFP is considered independently, and will be approved on a case by case basis. We are unable to host NFPs that are religious or politically partisan in nature. We have 2-3 spots available weekly, and these spots fill up quickly. We offer 3 (three) free markets to our NFPs, attendance at additional markets may be considered on a sliding scale. NFPs must follow the same rules as all vendors.

Can I sell…?:

  • Items that need FDA approval or claim to be medicinal – NO
  • Items that I sell as a Mid Level Marketing salesperson (MLM) – NO
  • Items I have purchased and wish to resell – NO
  • Items I have purchased and have upcycled to something different – YES (upon approval by Market Manager)
  • We will prioritize vendors creating original art and design over trademarked or mass-produced items and images. We are primarily a Makers’ Market.
  • Prepared food items I have made in my home (baked goods, salsas, pickles, etc.)
  • -YES in St. Louis City, with appropriate labeling you vend “non-hazardous foods”. NO SAMPLING.
  • -NO in St. Louis County (BLVD Farmers’ Market)

PERMITTING

Please note that the STL-FM  markets take place  in both St, Louis City and St. Louis County. They have different requirements, rules, and processes. Please note that while these lists are a guide, you should not move ahead on any permitting work for these markets until you have received an email of acceptance & instructions from STL-FM.

St Louis City Health Permitting

All food vendors in the City (Tower Grove and Francis Park) must be fully permitted, and permits are site-specific. Upon acceptance we will email you an application with instructions, and STL-FM will obtain your Farmers Market permit from the St. Louis City Department of Health, per ordinance 71324.

 (Ordinance # 71324;  10-101.30 Issuance of Permits and Fees  

…. The overall organizer (STL-FM) gathers and pays the one hundred dollars ($100) fee for each participating  vendor when applying for the permit. )

ALL VENDORS REQUIRING PERMITS WILL BE BILLED A ONE TIME, NON-REFUNDABLE ADMINISTRATIVE FEE OF $25 FOR THIS SERVICE. 

The items you will be required to share with us include:

  1. City Business License (or copy of paid receipt) 
  2. Photo ID
  3. Proof of Temporary Food Training (passed with a minimum of 75%) A physical copy of this must be present at your booth. There must be someone at your booth at all times that has passed if you are sampling or selling food
  4. Fire Safety Approval for all open flame / propane cooking
  5. STL-FM Health Dept. Permit Application (to be provided by us)
  6. Business check or money order for the permit ($100).

ST. LOUIS CITY FIRE PERMITTING / OPEN FLAME:

If you will be cooking over open flame / using propane please let us know so that we can share that permitting process with you.

Please note you should not move ahead on any permitting work for these markets until you have received an email of acceptance from a Market Manager.

 

St Louis County 

All food vendors in the County (The Boulevard Farmers Market) must be fully permitted by the County in order to participate in the Farmers Market. Please note: you must prepare all food in a commercial / inspected kitchen, and they have different requirements for safe food storage than St. Louis City. Vendors at The BLVD must procure their own permits prior to the first market – an email will be sent with thorough instructions upon acceptance as a vendor. See link for general information about what you may be asked to provide.
https://stlouiscountymo.gov/st-louis-county-departments/public-health/food-and-restaurants/farmers-markets/