Farmers’ Market Frequently Asked Vendor Questions

How do I determine if I’m eligible to be a vendor in the Downtown SLO Thursday Night Farmers’ Market?

If your business is within the Downtown BID (Click HERE for the BID boundaries), you are automatically approved after you submit your application.

If you are outside of the Downtown BID and are not a non-profit, musician, entertainer, or service (services are set price offerings happening at The Market like face painting or balloon making), you must have a commercially zoned building with public facing hours (ex M – F 9am to 5pm) that a customer can access and purchase the product you wish to sell.

If you are a non-profit, musician, or entertainer, you will be approved pending proper documentation. Submit your application and the Market Manager will follow up on next steps.

If you are a service, your application will be reviewed by the Market Committee at their next meeting. Meetings are held the second Wednesday of every month.

How do I apply?

If you qualify based on the first question in the FAQ, you can submit an application at

Cal Poly Applicants – Please email for more information on how to apply through the university

How much does it cost to participate in Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market?

All approved vendors will be charged an annual application fee of $15 along with their WEEKLY FEES as listed below.

  • All fees are based on a 10’ x 10 space (excluding BBQ, entertainment, and side street rentals) and are PER MARKET DATE.
    • Downtown BID Member – $50
    • General Vendor – $100
    • Entertainment (Oct – Mar) – $30
    • Entertainment (Apr – Sept) – $40
    • BBQ – $0.75 per square foot
    • Not for Profit – $40
    • Novelty (This excludes retail)- $35
    • Political – $100
    • Side Street Rental (Oct – Mar) – $150
    • Side Street Rental (April – Sept) – $250
    • Electricity (if available) – $5 per Market
What does my annual application fee go towards?

The annual application fee allows Downtown SLO to better promote the Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market and each of its vendors. It also helps cover the cost of processing vendor accounts and organizing them at The Market.

How frequently does a vendor need to apply?

Vendors must apply or re-apply once per market year. The Market year runs from July 1 of the current year to June 30th of the next year.

If I’m already approved do I need to apply again?

Vendors must reapply each market year even if they are approved in the current year. Market years run July 1 of the current year to June 30 of the next year.

What happens with my application?

Once your application is received, if you are outside of the Downtown Bid (See first FAQ Question for more on that), it will be added to the next available agenda for the Farmers’ Market Committee to review. Please submit your application as early as possible if you have specific dates you are interested in as processing can take up to three weeks.

How will I know the status of my application?

General Applicants:
To check your application status, please visit the “My Markets” tab after logging in to your account. If approved, you will receive an email.

Cal Poly Applicants:
If approved, you will receive an email detailing your next steps.

What do I need to submit with my application?

When you submit your application, you will be advised via email by the Market Manager if there are any other documents that you need to submit. Typically, additional documentation is required after an approval is granted.

If I am approved, what do I do?

If approved, you will be informed of the next steps including providing additional documentation if necessary, fees and payment information, and obtaining a space assignment for the dates requested.

If I am not approved, what can I do?

You may appeal a denial by emailing the Market Manager at and requesting an appeal form.

Other Questions?

If you don’t see your question in the FAQ, be sure to review the complete RULES AND REGULATIONS to see if it can be answered there. If it is not there, please email us at