Thank you for your interest in becoming a Broad Ripple Farmers Market (BRFM) vendor. BRFM is pleased to be able to serve the greater Broad Ripple community by offering a local, year-round marketplace for regional produce and animal farmers, bread and pastry artisans, plant and flower growers, cheesemakers, and specialty food producers. Every vendor is carefully screened to be sure that BRFM represents the highest quality locally-produced products available.
What products do we accept at BRFM?
BRFM is a food-focused Market. We do not offer vendor booth space for non-food items such as crafts, artwork, or lotions/soaps. Similarly, we do not offer booth space for not-for-profit organizations or businesses seeking to promote their organizations.
What is the timing for accepting new vendors to BRFM?
Generally, all decisions about new vendors are made by February of the Summer Market year – as the Summer Market year is from May through November. The Winter Market runs November to April and decisions are generally made by September. New vendors interested in participating are encouraged to submit their applications well in advance of the start of the season, however, applications may be submitted at any time.
What licenses, insurance requirements, and fees are required of participating vendors?
All vendors selling food/food-related products must be licensed with the Marion County Health Department. All vendors must carry general liability insurance that specifically names the Broad Ripple Village Association as a covered entity.
What criteria are used in selecting new vendors?
- All items must be grown, raised or produced in Indiana.
- All produce/meat/poultry must be raised by the farmer. Very limited exceptions may be approved by the Market and if they meet specific criteria.
- For artisanal and ready to eat foods, priority is given to vendors who utilize local ingredients.
- Since booth space is limited, farmers are given priority over food artisans, bakery and ready to eat food vendors. Every effort is made to balance the number of vendors of any type so that all vendors have the opportunity to be successful.
- We look for products which are grown or raised using environmentally responsible, sustainable and humane methods.
- Food artisan, bakery and ready to eat food items generally must be made by the vendor in a kitchen certified by the Marion County Health Department. Vendors producing products in a home-based kitchen will be considered.
- When adding new vendors, products that are unique or not adequately represented at the Market are given priority.