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Become A Merchant

The Nashville Farmers' Market operates 362 days of the year and accepts application year round. Our booths are rented by the day, week, month, or season; and we offer options for merchants that want to participate seasonally and year round. To begin the application process follow these steps:

  1. Please review the Merchant Application Guide before filling out your application.
  2. If you are a first-time applicaiton and are intersted in becoming a Farmer/Producer, Farmer/Producer Collective, Food Artisan, Craftsperson, or Flea Merchant at the NFM, please print a copy of the Merchant Application.
  3. If you are a returning merchant, please print a copy of our Renewal Application.
  4. Please review the 2017 Rate Sheet. A 2018 Rate Sheet will be released at the beginning of 2018.

Application Fees: Applications will not be considered for approval until a payment of $20 for first-time applicants and $5 for renewing applicants has been received.

NFM Office Hours: NFM's regular office hours are Monday-Thursday 8:30-4:30pm; Friday 8:30-2:30pm. NFM's office will be closed on all federal holidays. If you wish to discuss your application or business, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

 

RETURNING (Renewing) MERCHANTS

Please deliver completed Renewal Applications in person to Mary in teh NFM office on Tuesday-Thursday 9:30am-noon. If you are unable to deliver the completed Renewal App in person, please send to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and request an appointment time to speak with Mary about the application.

 

NEW MERCHANTS

Applications delivered to NFM staff in-person will only be accepted during payment hours Tuesday-Thursday 9:30-noon. If you are unable to deliver during this time, or if you have questions and need a consultation, please schedule a time to meet with Mary.

All merchants are expected to comply with all NFM Rules & Regulations as well as any published policies & procedures. Click here to view Nashville Farmers' Market current Rules and Regulations.

 

MERCHANT STANDARDS:

FARMER/PRODUCER: A farmer/producer is a person who makes or intends to make a substantial portion of his or her income from producting permitted farm products and must demonstrate ownership or leasehold right to the land being farmed during the entire growing season, or must have rights pursuant to the government sponsored or non profit training program whole purpose is to aid farmers and their endeavors.

FARMER/PRODUCER COLLECTIVE: A farmer/produer collective is a group of farmers (up to eight) that meet all farmer/producer requirements but wish to cooperatively market farm products with other farmers.

FOOD ARTISANS & FOOD TRUCKS: A food artisan is a person who prepares and produces a high-quality or distinctive food and/or beverage product in small quantities, usually by hand or by using traditional methods in accordance with the definition of and standard for permitted products as designated by NFM.

CRAFTSPERSON: A craftsperson is a person who designs and produces individually handcraftd items in accordance with the definition of and standard for permitted products as designated by NFM.

FLEA MERCHANT: A flea merchant retails vintage, international, or flea market items in accordance with the definition of and standard for permitted product as designated by NFM.

LEASE OPPORTUNITIES: Nashville Farmers' Market is currently accepting applications for long term lease proposals for the Market House. Lease space availability and rates are available upon request.

GROW LOCAL KITCHEN: Do you want to make it, bake it, or teach it? NFM's Grow Local Kitchen offers opportunities to do all of these things! Grow Local Kitchen is a fully licensed & certified production kitchen available for rental opportunities seven days per week, all year long. Grow Local Kitchen is most often used for pop-up restaurant opportunities (both day and evening), culinary classes, production, hosting small culinary-oriented events, and as a requested part of larger venue rentals and events. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information and to complete an applicaiton.

NEIGHBORHOOD MARKET PROGRAM:  NFM will begin accepting applications for farmers, producers, collectives, and food artisans for the Nashville Farmers' Market at Vanderbilt in the Spring of 2018. The neighborhood market operates on Thursday evenings 2-5:30pm June through October. The rate is $30 per booth per week and NFM offers a 5% discount for partial season (3 month) and full season (5 month) agreements. Interested applicants should complete the NFM merchant application packet and submit prior to April 1, 2018. NFM will accept ongoing applications until the market has reached merchant capacity.