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.

Thank you for your interest in joining the Agricultural Institute of Marin’s (AIM) community. Although we do not want to discourage prospective vendors from applying, we would like applicants to have a realistic understanding of the types of opportunities that exist in AIM’s markets.

AIM takes multiple factors into consideration in admitting Applicants including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Unique or unusual products that enhance the overall diversity of products available at AIM Markets, without creating excessive supply as assessed by the Market Manager
  • Quality of products
  • Origin of products (preference will be given to locally grown products relative to the Market(s) in which the Applicant would like to participate)
  • Space availability at AIM Markets
  • Balance between Certified Farmers and other categories
  • Preference given to Certified Farmers who sell value-added products over Food Purveyors offering similar products
  • Preference given to small-to-moderate family businesses over large enterprises or partnerships

In keeping with AIM’s mission and Certified Farmers Market status, the following is NOT allowed at AIM Markets:

  • Reselling of any productsthat have been purchased from a distributor, third-party, or importer
  • Personal care services and/or products such as chiropractic and massage services
  • Overly processed and/or fried foods
  • Nationally distributed packaged foods
  • Energy drinks
  • Businesses that operate under a franchise agreement
  • Food items not grown and/or processed by the vendor
  • Agricultural Products not grown by the producer (honey, florists, succulents, etc).

In addition to the aforementioned information, we encourage you to thoroughly review the detailed application information that best applies to you.

FARMER & RANCHER APPLICATIONS
FISHERMAN APPLICATION
FOOD PURVEYOR APPLICATION
ARTISAN APPLICATION
ENTERTAINER APPLICATION
AGRICULTURAL NONPROFIT
COMMERCIAL APPLICATION
FREE SPEECH ZONE

Potential fees for starting your farmers market business (these are some examples of fees that you can expect to encounter if you are accepted at one of AIM’s markets).

AIM Registration Fee: $150

Stall fee schedule:
All Fees are for a 10’ x 10’ space per day

  • Farmer $50
  • Rancher $55
  • Food Prepared off-site(prepackaged) $55
  • Food Prepared on-site (temporary food facility) $65
  • Artisan $57-Sunday San Rafael, Oakland/Grand Lake
  • Artisan $45-Thursday San Rafael, Hayward, Novato, Newark, Stonestown
  • Agricultural Nonprofit/Sponsor $50
  • Commercial Vendor $65

*Winter rates (December – March) $5 per 10′ stall discount

The health permit and business liability insurance fees are estimates and can change at any time. Additional fees and/or permits may be required.

Health Permit (for prepackaged and on-site food booths) fees vary: $375-$1100 per year

Business Liability insurance (prices vary): $500-$1000 (or more) per year
AIM does not recommend any particular insurance agency. Some following
leads are:
FarmersMarketInsureNow
North Bay Insurance Brokers, Inc
Hartford Insurance Company

You are responsible for bringing your own equipment such as tents, tables, chairs, etc.

Applications can be submitted online, by mail or email.

Email applications to:  info@agriculturalinstitute.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).

Please note, 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.

Once your application has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation email. If you have not received confirmation within 10 business days of submission, please contact Agricultural Institute of Marin. As application consideration is based on space-availability, all applications that are deemed viable will be kept on file indefinitely. Applicants will be contacted when space becomes available.

Please note, 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.  

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:  info@agriculturalinstitute.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).

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.

Download — 2016 Prospective Certified Producer Application
Download — 2016 Prospective Rancher/Meat/Dairy/Cheese Producer Application

Fisherman Application

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.

Download — 2016 Prospective Fishermen Application

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.

Download — 2016 Prospective Food Purveyor Application

Artisan Application

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.  Every Fall, Artisans are invited into our farmers markets through a jury selection process annually. Prospective Artisans that have missed the Artisan Jury deadline can still apply for openings through-out the year in the following markets: Thursday Marin Civic Center, Stonestown, Clement St., North Beach, Hayward and Newark markets. Once the application is completed and has been approved by the market manager, Artisans can request dates for those specific markets during that calendar year. If Interested in Grandlake Oakland and/or the Sunday Marin Civic Center market, all applicants will be reviewed during the annual Artisan Jury. 

Download — 2016 Prospective Artisan Application

Entertainer 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 2016, they will contact those entertainers they are interested in booking.

Download — 2016 Entertainer Application

Agricultural Nonprofit

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. Please call our office (415) 472-6100 if you would like to request a nonprofit application.

Commercial Application

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.

Download — 2016 Free Speech Application

Benefits application

The Agricultural Institute of Marin is excited and pleased to introduce our very own comprehensive benefits package that is now available to our members* !

This proprietary program gives you access to Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, Accident, Critical Illness and Long Term Disability insurance. Whether you are a Sole Proprietor or large employer, whether you just need Health Insurance or all of the above, there is a cost effective solution for you, your family and your employees. Below is a product matrix that provides an overview of some of the proprietary products that are available to you. On the right you will find benefit summaries for each plan as well as down-loadable forms and applications.

For pricing quotes, additional information, enrollment help or questions, we encourage you to please fill out the “provide me with more information” section below and click the submit button. SFIC, our Insurance Broker partner, will contact you and assist you whatever your needs may be.

*Members must have a business or be an employee to qualify. Some products allow Sole Proprietors where the owner is the only “employee”. Other products require businesses with at least 2 employees. In some cases overall employee participation percentages must also be met. Certain future products will allow for all individuals to enroll regardless of business ownership, employee status or participation.

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