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 we expect the markets to fill-up quickly and we encourage you to apply early.*

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.

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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 $250 for a vehicle.
Weekly vending fee: $65; Add $10 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.

 

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/