INTERESTED IN BECOMING A VENDOR?

Our application is an online-only process. All interested applicants must complete the following:

  1. Read the Market Rules

  2. Submit the appropriate application.

  3. Sales tax and Use Permit  https://comptroller.texas.gov/ (please make sure City of Dickinson is on the Permit).

  4. Complete the Member Agreement (you will sign one when you check-in to the market).

 

Read the following descriptions carefully to select the correct category for your application.

 

If you have questions about which category best fits your products, please contact us before you apply.

Pre-Authorization Application
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Basic Requirements

AGRICULTURAL

Required Documents: 

  • Insurance

  • Manufacturing License from State

  • USDA Certification (if Applicable)

  • Sales Tax Permit (if applicable)

  • Galveston County Health District Food Permit (gchd.org)

Applicants under this category offer:

  • produce that has been grown on the producer’s land (including leased land),

  • meat/eggs/processed meat products from animals raised on the producers’ land (including leased land) & are processed at a USDA-inspected facility

  • products such as cheese, yogurt, or honey sourced from animals raised on the producers' land (including leased land)

  • Examples: Farmers, Ranchers, Beekeepers

VALUE-ADDED:

Required Documents: 

  • Insurance

  • Food Handlers Certificate or Food Managers Certificate

  • Sales Tax Permit (if applicable)

 

Applicants under this category offer:

  • products that have changed the form, flavor, blend and/or the substance of raw products using as many market products as available.

  • Products should use organic ingredients when available and as many market products as possible & reasonable, with preference given to those vendors who use local products.

  • The certified kitchen utilized must be located within 150 miles of the market attended. Vendors offering products covered under the Texas Cottage Food Law are classified as Value-Added Foods vendors.

  • Examples: Baked goods, teas, salsa, nut butters

PREPARED FOODS

Required Documents: 

  • Insurance

  • Kitchen Lease Agreement

  • Sales Tax Permit (if applicable)

  • Galveston County Health District Food Permit (gchd.org) 

 

Applicants under this category offer:

  • Freshly-made food and drinks available for sale and immediate consumption. These products may be hot or cold ready-to-eat foods or drinks.

  • Products should use organic ingredients when available and as many market products as possible & reasonable, with preference given to those vendors who use local products.

  • The certified kitchen utilized must be located within 150 miles of the market attended.

  • Examples: Pakistani take-home meals, iced lemonade, breakfast tacos

NON-FOOD ARTISAN

Required Documents: 

  • Insurance

  • Sales Tax Permit (if applicable)

 

Applicants under this category include:

  • Products that integrate local agricultural products (milk, honey, olive oil, herbs, etc.) with materials sourced outside of the farmers market to create a health/body-oriented product.

  • All eligible products must be created by a local artisan located within 150 miles of the market attended.

  • Products should use organic ingredients when available and as many market products as possible & reasonable.

  • No craft, jewelry or art items will be accepted.

  • Examples: Beauty & skincare products

LOCAL ARTISAN

Required Documents: 

  • No Insurance Unless it uses food products

  • Sales Tax Permit 

 

 

Local Artisan Months: Sept 4, 2021 & October 2, 2021

 

Applicants under this category offer:

  • a worker in a skilled trade, especially one that involves making things by hand.

  • Products should use organic ingredients when available and as many market products as possible & reasonable, with preference given to those vendors who use local products.

  • Unique or One-Of-a-Kind design, crafts and hobbies: Carpenters (made furniture)Metal-workers, Jewelers (made jewelry)Painters (portrayed scenes of everyday life)Sculptors, Potters, Stone carvers, Weavers (women could be weavers!) (wove fabric and made clothing)

  • Examples: Metal Art, Handblown Glass Beads, Knitted Items, Handmade Pottery, Wooden Garden boxes

Vendor Handbook

All Contents must be read and Agreement Signed

In your application, you must be as transparent and detailed as possible about your operation's methods, ingredients, and philosophy.

We value honesty and a commitment to local, sustainable systems. We place priority on vendors who hold at least one of the following certifications: Certified Naturally Grown, Certified USDA Organic or Humane Certified. Please indicate if you hold a certification, and provide a copy of your most recent certificate with your application.

DFM will be conducting site visits to all grower operations. The vetting of applications is conducted by the entire Board of Directors at monthly Board meetings and depending on when you submit your application it may take up to 1 month to receive a final response.