Is your product eligible at the Lawrence Farmers’ Market?
- Are you located within 50 miles of Lawrence and in the state of Kansas?
- Do you create the product yourself?
- Do you source as much of your ingredients from Kansas as possible, if not mostly from local sources?
If the answers to all questions are “Yes” then congratulations you are one step closer to becoming a vendor!
IMPORTANT NOTE ON VALUE ADDED CRAFTS: The market focuses on agriculturally based crafts. For example, if a knitted scarf were to be approved most likely the vendor raises sheep, spins the roving into yarn and then knits the item. Another example is lotions/creams/beauty products: we are more likely to accept beauty products made with ingredients that you have grown or raised yourself (goat milk lotion, emu oil & lotion) than with ingredients bought at a store or online. To assess your craft’s eligibility contact the Market Manager and submit your application with photos or samples. April and November in the market are open season for crafts, so provided the vendor makes the craft it can be sold in those months.
In our guidelines, vendors who sell jams, jellies, sauces, salsas, baked goods, cheeses, and meat products are considered “Processors”. KDA puts out a helpful booklet every year called “Food Safety for Kansas Farmers Market Vendors: Regulations and Best Practices”. You can find all the information listed here, and more best practices in the guidebook. A PDF can be found here from the From the Land of Kansas Farmers Market Resource Page.
Home baked potentially hazardous foods (includes cream or meringue pies, custards, cheesecakes, cream-filled cupcakes or donuts, cream cheese-based frostings or fillings, etc.). Potentially hazardous foods are foods that require temperature control for safety. See below for full list of which products require licenses.
If your product requires a Food Establishment license or Food Processor license, a copy of the certificate must be sent to the Lawrence Farmers’ Market Board before you begin selling at market.
All packaged food products must include the following on the label:
- Common name of product (e.g. apple pie)
- Name and physical address of the person that made or is selling the product.
- Product ingredients in descending order of predominance. This is particularly important for customers that have food allergies.
- Quantity (net weight, volume, or count, depending on product).
Baked goods made in a home kitchen (ex cookies, breads, cakes, cinnamon rolls, fruit pies, fruit cobbler): No license required. Must comply with labelling rules listed above.
Dry baking mixes (cookie mix, brownie mix): No license required. Must comply with labelling rules listed above.
Candies made in a home kitchen (cinnamon hard candy; caramels, toffee): No licensing required but must comply with labelling rules listed above. Note: Homemade chocolates must be tested by KDA to determine whether a license is needed.
Homemade dried pasta: No licensing required if dried in a protected environment in a short time period. Must comply with labelling rules above.
Baked products with potentially hazardous dairy and egg products (ex cheesecake, cream filled cupcakes or donuts, cream cheese-based frostings or fillings, cream or meringue pies, custards): Food Establishment license required at production facility and point of sale.
Dough (refrigerated or frozen cookie dough, pizza dough):Product requires temperature control for safety, so a Food Establishment license is required.
All vendors must obtain a Kansas Retail Sales Tax number before being accepted into the market. A new vendor must submit a copy of the certificate with application. More information and FAQs can be found on Kansas Department of Revenue’s Special Events, Craft Shows, Trade Shows page.
Read our Vendor Guidelines and Bylaws, then download the application, fill it out, and submit it to us!
Applications can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org; or mailed to PO Box 44‐2151 Lawrence KS 66044. Payment should be sent to LFM at the same time as your application. If for some reason this is not possible, contact the Market Manager.
The Lawrence Farmers’ Market Board of Directors meets the second Tuesday of every month and reviews applications at this time. All applicants will be contacted by email with the Board’s decision within 48 hours of the meeting.
If you have any questions or concerns about your application or the Board review process, contact the Market Manager.
As a new member of the Lawrence Farmers’ Market, the Market Manager visits your operation. We will get to know your farm and products, familiarize you with market day procedures, programs, and policies.
Welcome to the Lawrence Farmers’ Market Community!