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BECOME A VENDOR

Dickinson's Farmers' Market is a producer's-only food market dedicated to sourcing local foods.

DFM is comprised of vendors who: grow/raise their own products, make their own food products utilizing local ingredients when possible and reasonable, & a small number of non-food artisan vendors. 

 

The resale of items not made by the vendor--food or nonfood--is not permitted. Eligible food products must be sourced within 150 miles of the market. 

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INTERESTED IN BECOMING A VENDOR? 

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

  1. Read the Market Requirements

  2. Submit the appropriate application!

  3. Submit Sales Tax and Use Permit with City of Dickinson Listed on it (Comptroller.texas.gov)

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

 

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

NO Crafters, MLMs, or Direct sales companies.

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

AGRICULTURAL PRODUCER VENDOR REQUIREMENTS

Agricultural producer vendors include:

  • 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)

FOOD PERMITTING:

Produce Farmers/Beekeepers:

Producers vending only uncut fruits and vegetables do not need to obtain any permits to sell at DFM.

There is currently no permitting required of beekeepers, although beekeepers must allow a site visit to at least one of their bee yards.

Ranchers:

Meats require a Galveston County Health District Temporary Food Establishment Permit and all products must be processed and packaged at permitted facilities.

They must be labeled and must meet Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER) for time kept hot or cold as required.

Eggs only:

Require the same Galveston County Health District Temporary Food Establishment Permit and cartons must be labeled with the producer’s name, address, and the word "ungraded."

Eggs must be kept cooled at 45 degrees or less.

If an agricultural producer wishes to also vend value-added items or prepared foods or artisan goods, they must fill out an additional application and obtain the relevant permitting where necessary. If an agricultural producer wishes to sell soap or yarn in addition to their food products, they are asked to fill out the Non-food Artisan Vendor application.

GALVESTON COUNTY HEALTH DISTRICT (GCHD) PERMITTING RESOURCES:

 

Additional Resources

 

COMMON QUESTIONS:

Do I need a temporary food establishment permit to sell food at a farmers’ market?
 

A temporary food establishment permit is not required to sell whole, intact unprocessed fruits and vegetables and

pre-packaged non-potentially hazardous food/time temperature for safety foods.
A temporary food establishment permit is required to sell all other potentially hazardous food/time temperature control for safety foods.

What is a potentially hazardous food/temperature controlled for safety food (PHF/TCS)?
 

A potentially hazardous food (PHF) is a food that requires time and temperature control to limit pathogen growth or toxin production. In other words, a potentially hazardous food must be held under proper temperature controls, such as refrigeration to prevent the growth of bacteria that may cause human illness. A PHF/TCS is a food that: contains protein, moisture (water activity greater than 0.85), and is neutral to slightly acidic (pH between 4.6 -7.5).

VALUE ADDED FOODS VENDOR REQUIREMENTS

 

Value Added foods include products that have changed the form, flavor, blend and/or the substance of raw products.

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.

Products to be sold must be presented for sampling and inspection of labeling before acceptance into DFM. The Executive Director will request these samples from you-- please do not drop off before invited to do so.

 

FOOD PERMITTING REQUIREMENTS:

All Value-Added Foods Vendors must provide proof of the following:

 

COTTAGE FOOD LAW VENDORS: 

  • Read up on the specifics of the Texas Cottage Food Law here.

  • All product labels must have the following… 

    • Name and physical address of the cottage food production operation;

      1. The common or usual name of the product;

      2. If a food is made with a major food allergen – such as eggs, nuts, soy, peanuts, milk, or wheat – that ingredient must be listed on the label; and

      3. The following statement: “This food is made in a home kitchen and is not inspected by the Department of State Health Services or a local health department.”

  • *As of September 1st, 2019, changes were made to the Texas Cottage Food Law. Before submitting any applications for cottage foods products, please read through this updated fact sheet.

 

PICKLED ITEMS:

 

LABELING REQUIREMENTS:

  • All food items must be clearly labeled according to Texas law and include:

    • Contact information: address, phone number and/or email address

    • Common name of product

    • List of ingredients by weight

    • identification of any of common major food allergen ingredients that are present

              Please read Texas labeling laws here for details.

PREPARED FOODS VENDOR REQUIREMENTS

Prepared Foods vendors 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.

Products to be sold must be presented for sampling and inspection of labeling before acceptance into DFM. The Board of Trustees may or will request these samples from you-- please do not drop off before invited to do so.

FOOD PERMITTING REQUIREMENTS:

All Prepared Foods Vendors must provide proof of the following:

 

LABELING REQUIREMENTS:

All food items must be clearly labeled according to Texas law and include:

  • Contact information: address, phone number and/or email address

  • Common name of product

  • List of ingredients by weight

  • The eight major food allergens

  • Please read Texas labeling laws here for details

 

GALVESTON COUNTY HEALTH DISTRICT (GCHD) PERMITTING FAQs:

  • GCHD phone number (409) 938-2411

  • Address: 9850-D Emmett F. Lowry Expy./ Suite D-100/ Texas City, TX 77591

  • Walk-in Hours: Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm

Additional Resources

 

NON- FOOD ARTISAN VENDOR APPLICATION

Non-Food Artisan Vendors may be eligible for entry into DFM if product materials 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. No craft, jewelry, or art items will be accepted.

-Examples: Beauty & skincare products

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

Products to be sold must be presented for sampling and inspection of labeling before acceptance into DFM. The Executive Director will request these samples from you-- please do not drop off before invited to do so.

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 and preference is always given to organic (uncertified or certified) operations. The vetting of applications is conducted by the entire Board of Directors at our monthly Board meetings and depending on when you submit your application it may take up to 1 month to receive a final response.

Please ensure you have read all the information and the Market Rules before completing your application below. Once complete, you’ll receive a confirmation email with a copy of the Market Rules & Member Agreement.

Mobile Food Service Operations

 

FOOD PERMITTING REQUIREMENTS:

All Mobile Food Service Vendors must provide proof of the following:

 

Breweries & Wineries

Applicants under this category require the following:

 WINE FESTIVAL CERTIFICATE:  https://www.tabc.texas.gov/static/sites/default/files/2020-06/packet-l-gfp.pdf

 

Temporary Location Permit: https://www.tabc.texas.gov/static/sites/default/files/2020-06/packet-l-tempa.pdf

Sales Tax and Use Permit
Please go to https://comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/permit/
 Click on Apply for permit via eSystems
Create an account (this will be used to submit your sales taxes quarterly)
    Please make sure you have your Home City and City of Dickinson List on the Sales Tax Permit
       - all sales that are made at the farmers need to be submitted to the State and Dickinson
       - Please Provide a copy of Permit to the Chair of Vendors
       - If you are just applying for a Permit please submit your Tax ID Number to the Chair of Vendors
Insurance Policies for Vendors at Farmers Markets
 
All vendors that sell at our farmers markets are required to carry and maintain insurance in the amount of $1 million for products liability and $2 million for general aggregate liability with Market on the Bayou being named as additional insured. Please note that Market on the Bayou & City of Dickinson must be included as Additional Insured on your policy.
 
Please use the following address:
   Market on the Bayou
   4512 Highway 3
   Dickinson, Texas 77539
 
We have done some research and while we do not endorse any insurance company or policy, the following three businesses do offer policies specifically for farmers market vendors.
 
1. Campbell Risk Management For $275 annually, Campbell Risk Management will insure market vendors for multiple farmers markets. To apply, access the application and policy information by clicking on the “Farmers Market Vendors” link at www.campbellriskmanagement.com.
 
2. Farmers Market Insurance. Ranges between $27-39 per month with the required amount of coverage listed about. To apply, go to their website at https://generalliabilityinsure.com/small-business/farmers-market-insurance.html to get a quote.
 
3. ACT Insurance. Starts at $49 per month or $265 annually. ACT Program benefits: No Quote Process, 24/7 Access to Policy, Convenient Online Purchasing, Licensed in all 50 states, Instant Coverage, No deductible on liability claims.  To apply, go to their website at https://www.actinsurance.com/farmers-markets-insurance
4. Food Liability Insurance Program (FLIP). Policies starting at $299 annually. To apply or get a quote, go to their website at https://www.fliprogram.com/farmers-market-insurance

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 and preference is always given to organic (uncertified or certified) operations. The vetting of applications is conducted by the entire Board of Directors at our monthly Board meetings and depending on when you submit your application it may take up to 1 month to receive a final response.

Please ensure you have read all the information and the Market Rules before completing your application below. Once complete, you’ll receive a confirmation email with a copy of the Market Rules & Member Agreement.