Thank you for your interest in joining the Agricultural Institute of Marin’s (AIM) community. We encourage you to thoroughly review the application that best applies to you. When complete, please mail or email your application to our office. While we would love to speak with all prospective vendors individually, the high volume of applications we receive combined with our regular work load does not always allow for this.
Once your application has been reviewed we will contact you if interested.
Although we do not want to discourage prospective vendors from applying, we would like applicants to have a realistic understanding of the availability of space at AIM’s markets. We receive a high volume of applications and many of our markets are currently full with an extensive waiting list. Please take the following information into consideration before submitting your application.
Email applications to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Problems with online applications, Contact Us.
Applications are available in Acrobat .pdf format. Having trouble viewing our PDF files? Click Here to download free Adobe Reader (needed to view PDF files).
POTENTIAL START UP FEES
Please click here to see a list of potential start up fees for farmers market vendors.
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FARMER & RANCHER APPLICATIONS
AIM welcomes applications from California Certified Producers. All products must be grown in California and be listed on the farmer’s Certified Producer Certificate. Only the farmer, a designated family member, or an employee is permitted to sell at an AIM Farmers Market. Certified Farmers must grow all products offered for sale on land controlled (owned, rented, leased, or sharecropped) by the certified farmer. AIM gives preference to those applicants who farm organically. Please see AIM’s Rules and Regulations (page 8) for additional requirements regarding value-added products, nursery vendors, egg vendors, etc.
A Fish Vendor must catch 25% of the fish offered for sale based on the retail sales of the fisherman in a calendar year. Fish sold at the market must be caught in US waters from the California/Mexico border to the northern-most tip of Alaska within a 200 mile range of the coastline and must be caught with sustainable gear that does not damage habitat and take unwanted by-catch. Aquacultured finfish may be sold at the market as long as the production is freshwater and land-based in California. Aquacultured shellfish may be sold at the market as long as the production takes place in California. Please see AIM’s Rules and Regulations for a complete list of requirements for Fish Vendors if you are interested in applying.
FOOD PURVEYOR APPLICATION
All prepared food, both prepackaged and food for on site consumption, must be produced by the purveyor. We prefer those who use local, organic produce, ideally from the farmers at the farmers market. All prepared food is subject to a tasting to assure product quality and appeal. WE DO NOT ACCEPT UNSOLICITED SAMPLES.
Artisans are invited into our farmers markets through a jury selection process annually, each fall. Artisans must either self-produce their products, or, if the Artisan has employees, the Artisan must be in complete control of all aspects of production. Artisans may not sell work produced with commercial kits, models, patterns, plans, prefabricated forms, or other commercial methods. AIM has already accepted Artisans for 2014 and will review potential applicants for 2015 in October. The deadline to submit applications for 2015 is October 1, 2014.
Download – 2015 Prospective Artisan Application
We give priority to local musicians that complement the ambiance of our farmers markets. Please do not contact individual market managers for dates in 2013, they will contact those entertainers they are interested in booking.
We offer space (when available) to Non-Profit organizations for educational and outreach purposes only. All non-profit organizations must be Farm, Farmer, or Agriculturally related to be considered for spaces available. Others may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Any and all items offered for sale will be by approval only.
The commercial vendors we currently have at our markets are an enhancement to the atmosphere and overall market experience. All products that fall in the commercial category will be accepted only by approval of the market manager and our Board of Directors and are strictly limited. Due to limited market space and AIM’s commitment to maintaining focus on its mission, there are a number of businesses whose services we cannot accommodate. AIM will evaluate and select commercial vendors based on their ability to provide food or entertainment-related products or services that enhance the ambiance of AIM Markets. Please call our office (415) 472-6100 if you would like to request a commercial application.
FREE SPEECH ZONE
As per the Pruneyard decision we provide a free speech zone at our markets. We have a limited area for this purpose; please notify the Market Manager in advance if you would like to attend by calling our office at (415) 472-6100. You may set up a small card table and only in the place assigned by the Market Manager on site. Nothing may be sold in this area. This is a great place to get signatures for political purposes.