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 sold by vendors at the Market must be grown, raised or produced in Indiana (exceptions may be approved by the Market which are not available in Indiana such as salmon).
- All produce/meat/poultry must be raised by the farmer (few exceptions may be approved by the Market). We prioritize products which are grown or raised using environmentally responsible, sustainable, and humane methods.
- For artisanal and ready to eat foods, priority is given to vendors who utilize local ingredients. Products may be made by the vendor in a certified kitchen or in a home-based kitchen that meets the risk and labeling requirements of the Marion County Public Health Department will be considered.
- The Market limits the number of food-related arts and crafts vendors to two.
The number of vendors of any type will be managed so adequate supply and choice is available to customers and so that each vendor has the opportunity to be successful. When adding new vendors, products that are unique or not adequately represented at the Market are given priority.