Thank you for your interest in becoming a vendor at our market. Please review the FAQs and Rules & Regulations below before completing an application. We are currently only accepting applications from farmers for the remainder of our 2020 markets.

Please review these Rules and Regulations before applying to become a vendor at our market!

RULES & REGULATIONS

FAQs

The City of Tuscaloosa hosts 51 Saturday farmers markets. We only close the Saturday between Christmas and New Year’s. We also host 135 weekday markets during our Pop-Up Season from April to September.

Each vendor must pay a $50 annual fee and a $10 fee each time they set up. Some vendors are required to have special business licenses to sell their value-added goods (anything that isn’t grown in the ground). Please see the Rules and Regulations for more information about what licenses are required.

On average we see between 500 and 1000 shoppers on a Saturday. Weekday Pop-up markets see between 20 and 100 shoppers on average.

Set up times vary depending on your booth assignment. Vendors that are placed in a garage door bay or outside must arrive between 5:45 a.m. and 6:15 a.m. Vendors that are placed in the center of the farmers market must arrive between 6:15 a.m. and 6:45 a.m. All vendors must be set up and ready to sell by 7 a.m.

We sell baked goods at the market, but we are not currently accepting any new bakers to the market.

If your product is an artisan craft that is not made from a kit, you can likely sell it at the market. We are required to maintain a ration of 70 percent food vendors to 30 percent artisan vendors. Please call the office at 205-248-5295 to see if we are currently accepting artisans. Flea market vendor and resale are not allowed at the market.

Non-profit organizations mat set up an informational table once per year. Table organizers should call the River Market office at 205-248-5295 to schedule a date. For-profit businesses are not permitted to promote at the market at this time.

Just like all vendors, food truck operators must go through the application process. Please view our “How to Apply” section below for next steps.

Foods that do not have to be time or temperature controlled for safety can be prepared in a home kitchen. Examples include baked goods, jams, jellies, and pickles.

Low acid foods such as canned vegetables, slaws, soups, sauces, and any foods containing meat or other ingredients that need to be refrigerated cannot be made in a home kitchen and sold at a farmers market.

Yes. These products must be labeled with a clearly visible label, tag, or placard that states that food is prepared in a kitchen that is not inspected by a regulatory agency.

Only raw meats that are processed, packaged, and labeled at an inspected facility may be sold at a farmers market. This includes fish and seafood.

Yes! All of these products are considered agricultural commodities and may be sold at farmers markets.

Dairy products, including goat cheese, must be processed, packaged, and labeled at a facility permitted and inspected by the Alabama Department of Public Health’s Milk and Food Processing Branch.

FAQs

The City of Tuscaloosa hosts 51 Saturday farmers markets. We only close the Saturday between Christmas and New Year’s. We also host 135 weekday markets during our Pop-Up Season from April to September.

Each vendor must pay a $50 annual fee and a $10 fee each time they set up. Some vendors are required to have special business licenses to sell their value-added goods (anything that isn’t grown in the ground). Please see the Rules and Regulations for more information about what licenses are required.

On average we see between 500 and 1000 shoppers on a Saturday. Weekday Pop-up markets see between 20 and 100 shoppers on average.

Set up times vary depending on your booth assignment. Vendors that are placed in a garage door bay or outside must arrive between 5:45 a.m. and 6:15 a.m. Vendors that are placed in the center of the farmers market must arrive between 6:15 a.m. and 6:45 a.m. All vendors must be set up and ready to sell by 7 a.m.

We sell baked goods at the market, but we are not currently accepting any new bakers to the market.

If your product is an artisan craft that is not made from a kit, you can likely sell it at the market. We are required to maintain a ration of 70 percent food vendors to 30 percent artisan vendors. Please call the office at 205-248-5295 to see if we are currently accepting artisans. Flea market vendor and resale are not allowed at the market.

Non-profit organizations mat set up an informational table once per year. Table organizers should call the River Market office at 205-248-5295 to schedule a date. For-profit businesses are not permitted to promote at the market at this time.

Just like all vendors, food truck operators must go through the application process. Please view our “How to Apply” section below for next steps.

Foods that do not have to be time or temperature controlled for safety can be prepared in a home kitchen. Examples include baked goods, jams, jellies, and pickles.

Low acid foods such as canned vegetables, slaws, soups, sauces, and any foods containing meat or other ingredients that need to be refrigerated cannot be made in a home kitchen and sold at a farmers market.

Yes. These products must be labeled with a clearly visible label, tag, or placard that states that food is prepared in a kitchen that is not inspected by a regulatory agency.

Only raw meats that are processed, packaged, and labeled at an inspected facility may be sold at a farmers market. This includes fish and seafood.

Yes! All of these products are considered agricultural commodities and may be sold at farmers markets.

Dairy products, including goat cheese, must be processed, packaged, and labeled at a facility permitted and inspected by the Alabama Department of Public Health’s Milk and Food Processing Branch.

HOW TO APPLY

IT’S AS EASY AS ABC!

A

CREATE A VENDOR PROFILE ON FARMSPREAD

A

CREATE A VENDOR PROFILE ON FARMSPREAD

Register: If you have a Facebook account for your farm or a Google email address that you already use, these will be the easiest ways for you to access your Farmspread Account.

Create your Vendor profile: We encourage you to upload photos of your products and to have a least one paragraph about yourself. Don’t worry about the rest of Farmspread’s features right now – you can go back and add them on later!

B

APPLY TO OUR MARKET

B

APPLY TO OUR MARKET

The button will be small and at the very bottom of the page.

Select “Tuscaloosa River Market”.

Answer questions specific to your selling experience at the River Market.

Upload your growers permit, vehicle insurance, and any applicable business license.

C

APPLY TO 2020 SEASON

C

APPLY TO 2020 SEASON

Select any dates you would like to attend from the calendar.

Once we receive your application, we’ll review it and either accept, deny, or waitlist you. If you are accepted, we’ll review the dates that you’d like to attend and make as many stall assignments as possible.

After you’ve been accepted to the market and stalls have been assigned, you’ll need to pay a $50 membership fee. You can do this online through Farmspread, or bring cash or a check to the River Market.

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