Everything you need to know about becoming and staying a vendor with our market is right here.
For answers to our commonly asked questions go to our Vendor FAQ's page.
Before reaching out to our market staff - we ask that you review the below information.
what you need to apply
To sell at our market you will need provide a few documents. This includes;
+ a MN tax form, ST19. This is a sales tax declaration.
+ an insurance policy listing the Linden Hills Farmers' Market at (2813 W 43rd St Minneapolis, MN 55410) as a location where your insurance is in effect.
+ payment of your $30 nonrefundable application fee.
+ for more information on our application, what types of vendors we are looking for, and how to get started with us - check out our FAQs Page along with our policies, permits and procedures.
after you apply
Vendors are responsible for submitting all their required documentation prior to acceptance.
After we've received your required documents our market manager will communicate with you about your dates and if you've been accepted.
We are always reviewing applications and bring in new vendors every Sunday throughout our season. Because of the fluid nature of our marketplace - we have almost always have stalls available for new vendors.
If you are a craft vendor, please apply at Minneapolis Craft Market.
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The below items are approved for both wholesale and retail sale. Products not listed must receive advance approval from the market manager.
• Fresh fruits and vegetables, grown locally.
• Meat, dairy, and eggs if produced locally, and prepared and packaged in accordance with rules established by the
Minnesota Department of Agriculture, and the Minnesota Department of Health and under guidelines as set by Minnesota State Statute 28A. For more information on this and other operational guidelines, go to the MN Department of Agriculture’s website.
• Herbs grown locally.
• Honey, maple syrup and preserves, if prepared and packaged in accordance with rules established by the Minnesota
Department of Agriculture.
• Cut flowers, bedding plants, hanging and potted plants, if grown by the vendor.
• Dried flowers or plants grown by the vendor.
• Cooked or prepared foods, as long as they meet the requirements laid out under MN Rule 4626.
• Bakery goods prepared in a licensed bakery or under guidelines as set by Minnesota State Statute 28A.
All items must be prepared, displayed and stored in accordance with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Department of Health guidelines, and Hennepin County Community Health Department Guidelines. For more information, go to MN Department of Agriculture’s website.
All producers of processed/packaged food items (jams, jellies, syrups, breads, etc.) are required to adhere to labeling law requirements, items sold must comply with Minnesota State Statute 28A.
Produce sold as certified organic must have originated from a USDA certified organic farm.
All items should be sold by bulk, bundle, case or individual item. Items sold by weight units of measurement require a Minnesota State Certified Scale.
Market staff reserves the right to inspect crops and food production areas.
• All vendors must have insurance. Each vendor must have at least $1,000,000 of general liability insurance and must submit a certificate of insurance. Low cost insurance for growers* can be found at the Minnesota Farmers Market Association Vendor Insurance page. Vendors must be paid members of the Minnesota Farmers Market Association to participate in this program. *Concessionaires (e.g. ready-to-eat foods on-site) are not eligible for this program.
• Vendors may carry product liability insurance as a rider on their farm/home insurance policy.
• For more information on insurance, please see the Minnesota Farmers Market Association Vendor Insurance page.
Due to our in-demand space, we adhere to following policy:
If the stall has been reserved, any stall vacated for a period of one Sunday, without written LHFM permission, shall be deemed abandoned and forfeited by vendor without restitution, refund or reuse.
Any stall vacated without prior notice, will be charged the full rental amount for the day.
Stall location is determined by the market manager, and subject to change at any time during the season.
Vehicles are NOT permitted in vending space unless approved by market manager.
Vendors must provide all tables, hand washing stations, canopies, and other items needed for their stall. This includes
electrical cords and power strips.
Tents and canopies must be weighted. Please no stakes in tarmac or grass.
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SET UP + TEAR DOWN
Vendors may begin setting up at 7AM on market day. A market coordinator will be at the market location to assist vendors.
All retail vendors must be ready to sell at 9AM.
All vendors must remain until the market closes at 1PM.
There will be NO moving vehicles in the market area after 8:30AM and during market hours.
Vendors must remove all waste materials including grey water, paper, bags, boxes or customer debris upon departure. No
waste or grey water is to be deposited onsite.
Violation of these policies in excess of two times are grounds for termination and loss of privilege and fees paid to the market.
Vendors are not allowed to have pets/animals in the market area, unless approved by the market manager.
Consuming alcoholic beverages and smoking are prohibited in the market area, unless approved by the market manager.
All vendors must keep their area neat while selling and make certain that the area is clean before leaving.
All vendors must represent themselves appropriately (dress, cleanliness, etc.) Shirts and footwear must be worn at all times.
Market will occur in rain or shine, vendors are required to attend regardless of weather.
Any vendor, who is not complying with the market rules and policies may be asked to leave, the vendor, in turn, may petition
the market coordinator to be re-admitted.
Any required sales tax collections and remittances are the sole responsibility of the sellers.
If a booth, canopy, or other item of vendor causes a safety concern, LHFM may require the vendor to remove the unsafe
All vendors agree to abide by fair business practices.
Vendor assumes full liability for the products they market or sell and hereby agrees to hold the Linden Hills Farmers’ Market,
and the business and property owners where LHFM is located harmless against any claim of injury or damage by any buyer,
seller, or other persons resulting from the use, consumption, disposition, display or marketing of vendor’s products.
The Linden Hills Farmers Market is not liable for any injury, theft, or damage to either buyers or vendors arising out of/or
pertaining to preparation for/or participation in the Farmers Market whether such injury, theft, or damage occurred prior, during, or after the Farmers Market. Vendor further agrees to indemnify and hold the Linden Hills Farmers Market and the business and property owners where LHFM is located harmless against any claims for such injury, theft, or damage.
Any perceived and/or actual vendor behavior that may be charged either criminally and/or civilly under Minnesota State Statute will result in immediate termination. Behaviors, include but are not limited to; theft, threats of violence, stalking, or any person-based victim crimes. This policy applies to vendors and/or affiliated staff and/or their associated guests.
Price, terms of sale, etc. are solely between buyer and vendor.
REGULAR SEASON MARKET FEE STRUCTURE
The Linden Hills Farmers market is dedicated to local farmers growing unique varieties, and local food entrepreneurs and artisans creating innovative products and crafts. All amounts are per day.
+ According to our formal policy, a single no-show may mean forfeit of your stall for the remainder of the season.
+ We sometimes have walk-in stalls available. A call will go out early in the work week, and these opportunities are first-come first-serve.
+ Tent weights are required 100% of the time. There is absolutely no excuse for not weighting your tent adequately. VENDORS WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE THE MARKET WITHOUT THEM.
+ My job as a manager is to create a dynamic market place and to dispel the monopoly seen at other farmers’ markets. That means there may be multiple vendors selling a similar product on the same day. This allows for customer choice and provides a sales environment more akin to what an up-and-coming producer may experience in a grocery setting. This is may be unsettling at first. I encourage you to keep an open mind.
+ Our market meets every Sunday, rain or shine. Again, I refer you to the above listed no-show policy.
+ In the case of inclement weather (thunderstorm with lightening and high winds) you will be notified of a market delay or early closing. Do not hesitate to contact me market day with questions (6128670854).
+ Customer parking is at a premium. There is no street or lot parking available for vendors. Instead there is a dedicated parking lot within a block of our market. After you’ve unloaded, please park in the dentist office lot just off Upton, and adjacent to the Famous Dave’s.
+ Your location at the market may vary from week to week. We capitalize on an environment where customer energy and curiosity are heightened through exploration. Additionally, our unique layout - as designed by Shea Architects - makes use of corner stalls and supports customers walking past a stall no less than two times per visit. This type of layout was popular with customers.
+ NEED ELECTRICITY? EXTENSION CORDS! MAKE 'EM LONG, LIKE REAL LONG, AND OF THE COMMERCIAL/HEAVY DUTY KIND. You will need to provide duct tape to tape down your cords.
The below links are provided to help vendors source items necessary to have a presence at farmers' markets.
+ WHERE TO PURCHASE COMPOSTABLE PACKAGING
what's new for 2017 \ permits
resources to vend at a farmers'market
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Seasonal Food Permit - Is it right for you?
Are you a food vendor planning to participate in three (3) or more events or farmers markets in Minneapolis from April 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018?
Consider applying for an annual Seasonal Food Permit instead of a Short Term Food Permit for each event. The Seasonal Food Permit is replacing several licenses. The Seasonal Food Permit can be used at both events and farmers markets.
The annual fee for a Seasonal Food Permit is $232. The fee for a Short Term Event Permit is $87 per event. Food vendors participating in three events save $29 with a Seasonal Food Permit. Beginning in 2017, the Seasonal Food Permit will be issued by the Minneapolis Health Department Environmental Health division. Formerly, licenses were issued by Business Licensing.
The Seasonal Food Permit has been updated to make the application easier to understand and to complete. The application includes:
+ A checklist that identifies the business categories requiring a Seasonal Food Permit.
+ A checklist of the items that need to be submitted with the Seasonal Food Permit application. No more overlooked items!
+ Four easy ways to submit the application and payment to Environmental Health: by email, fax, US mail, or in person.
Applications may be submitted any time during the year, but must be submitted at least 10 BUSINESS DAYS before the event or farmers market. To be approved for a Seasonal Food Permit, all mechanical refrigeration MUST be NSF or NSF equivalent. Seasonal Food Permit holders are NOT allowed to use ice in place of mechanical refrigeration for keeping potentially hazardous foods cold.
Food trucks licensed by the City of Minneapolis do not require a seasonal food permit.
Find the updated Seasonal Food Permit on the Civic Events webpage. (
Questions? Please contact Health Inspectors Janna Beard (; 612-673-3529) or Roee Reinberg (; 612-673-3851).