Become a Vendor

Applications are open — Click here to apply!

The Downtown SLO Farmers' Market was started in the interest of the Downtown BIA members to encourage foot traffic on Thursday nights. Priority is given to eligible Downtown BIA members who wish to participate.  You do not need to have a storefront or be located in San Luis Obispo to be eligible to apply but priority consideration will be given to local businesses when applying. 

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Who Is Eligible To Apply: 

  • BIA - A business within the pre-defined Downtown SLO BIA boundaries. BIA members are automatically approved and given priority consideration in all categories.

  • BBQ - Operates an open flame BBQ at The Market.

  • Craft/Artisan - Makes their own product. (ex: artist) Resale does not qualify for this. 

  • Entertainment - Entertainment at the Market (ex: musician) (scroll for more information)

  • Farmer - Holds a Certified Producer Certificate 

  • Food Artisan - Makes their own food or drink in a commercial kitchen or holds a Cottage Food Permit. Food or drink are meant for takeaway and are not prepared at The Market. 

  • Hot/Cold Food - Prepares food or drink for onsite consumption. 

  • Information/Commercial - Generates leads or distributes information about their business at The Market. (ex: real estate agency)

  • Non-Profit - Has a 501 (c) designation

  • Novelty/Service - Provides a service or activity at The Market with a set price. (ex: face painting)

  • Political Organization- Has a political filing disclosure form or primary purpose of booth is for political purposes.

  • Retailer - Has a brick and mortar offering resale items for purchase (ex: clothing store)


We are not accepting applications from the following vendors at this time:

  • Food Trucks/Trailers
  • Food Carts
  • Resellers
  • Non-certified Farmers
  • Vendors offering age-restricted products (ex: alcohol, tobacco, CBD)

*Downtown BIA Members in good standing are exempt from this list unless selling age-restricted products.


Permits & Licenses Required:

*These are not required to submit an application but will be required to participate if the vendor is approved.

Required for all Vendors, including entertainment, at The Market:

  1. Certificate of Insurance

Additional Requirements for all vendors selling Food:

  1. City of SLO Business License

  2. County of SLO Multi-Event Temporary Permit

  3. Operate, partner with, or rent a commercially licensed kitchen or hold a Cottage Food Permit

  4. SLO Fire Department Event Self-Insepction

Additional Requirements for all vendors selling Retail/Art/Craft:

  1. City of SLO Business License

  2. Seller’s Permit

Additional Requirements for all Political Organizations:

  1. City of SLO Business License

  2. Political Filing Disclosure Form

Additional Requirements for all Non-Profits:

  1. EIN number or declaration letter


Vendor Rates:  

General Vendors:

Vendor Category Weekly Rate
BBQ A minimum rate of $250. Additional space is billed at $0.75 per sqft.
Craft/Artisan $45
Entertainment $20
Farmer 7% + $2 CDFA fee
Food Artisan $45
Information $100
Non-Profit $45
Novelty $45
Political $150
Prepared Meal $150
Retailer $100

 

BIA Members:

Vendor Category Weekly Rate
BBQ A minimum rate of $250. Additional space is billed at $0.75 per sqft.
Craft/Art $45
Food Artisan $45
Information $55
Non-Profit $45
Novelty $45
Prepared Meal $80
Retailer $55

How to Apply:

Applications are open! Apply Now

Applications require a non-refundable $40 fee paid annually by new and approved vendors. The application fee is waived for BIA members.

Submitting an application does not guarantee approval. 

Tips when applying:

  • We recommend using a computer when submitting the application.
  • Photos of your booth set up and product offering will be required.
  • Don't forget to click save as you move through the application! This allows you to walk away and come back if you want.
  • Submitting an application does not guarantee you will be approved. Your application will be reviewed within one business week and you will be notified via email with an update.
  • Be as detailed as possible! The application is what we will use to review and only the information included will be considered for approval or denial.
  • You do not need to submit vendor permits if they are not required on the application (requirements vary by vendor) but if you are approved, the market manager will follow up with what you need to submit prior to your market attendance.

Questions? Contact us.


Entertainers

If you have a family-friendly performance that can be performed throughout the evening from 6 PM to 9 PM, you might be a great fit for our market!

The market is a great opportunity for entertainers to gain access to thousands of people in a three-hour window! Our entertainers are encouraged to collect tips and market themselves to network for future gigs!

As a market entertainer, you will have a dedicated space to play amplified music or perform your act. You will be advertised on our website, our social media, and discussed during our weekly radio show across four local radio channels.