Welcome to the Vendor FAQ's.
Seattle's largest, affordable market place is open year round. Join us today.
If you want to just try the market a few times, it's as simple as showing up ready to vend on the day you want to sell. Sign up at the front desk starting at 7:00 am when the sign-in sheet comes out. Fill out the Vendor Liability Waiver while you're waiting to speed things up. Please see our "Selling Policy" section below to check that your products are eligible to sell at the market.
Our goal is to help people succeed and make the experience here fun and rewarding for all. We ask for your understanding, cooperation and comments as the markets continue to grow, change and evolve.
Operating Hours to the Public
- New Hours Year Round: 10:00 - 4:00pm, Rain or Shine
2017 Vendor Fees*
Every space outdoors is 10 x 10'. It does not include tables, chairs or canopies. In addition, there is a strict "no oozing" outside you booth policy.
- Member - $50*
- Non-Member - $60*
Farm & Food Vendor
- Food Booth - $55 + Percentage
- Local Farm $50 Flat
- Food Truck - $65 + Percentage
- Specialty - $45 + Percentage
2017 Food Application Now Available. | If it's a Consumable, then You Need to Apply
- $35 Jurying Fee Required*
- Upon Submission, Market Requires Scheduled Tasting
- Prepared Food (booths, demonstrations, food trucks)
- Processors & Food Products of Any Type
- Open Enrollment until May 1st, 2017 for Summer Season
We appreciate your interest in our markets. We are currently accepting applications for our Fremont Sunday Market and South Lake Union Saturday Market. The application fee allows you to be juried in for both.
*2017 Vendor Fees are Subject to Change
The market offers 30 indoor spaces that vary in size. Not All spaces have power outlets for general lighting. Plan or battery powered lights.
Maximum power is 300 watts.
- Booth | 8' x 15 - $55
- Table Top | 6' Table - $40
What Can I Sell at the Market
The Fremont Sunday Market is an open market place that does not jury vendor merchandise, except for prepared foods and any related consumables. The market is open to everyone providing your merchandise fits within our guide lines.
We’re open to crafts, world imports, artwork, entrepreneurial products you invented yourself. We also love and encourage vintage, antiques, clothing, fashion, accessories, furnishings, books, tools, and toys. We do from time to time limit certain items.
Certain categories are prohibited:
- No Drugs, including cannabis products
- No Sales of Pets
- Stolen / illegal merchandise
- Multi-Level enterprises
- No Legal services
- Franchise operations
- Religious and Political Soliciting
- Professional Services ( real-estate etc.)
- Dollar store items and brand merchandise is highly discouraged.
For more information or inquiries regarding the acceptability of your products or services. Please email us on our CONTACT US page
We support local 501 3 (c) charities and in most cases for free. We offer booth and table tops on space-available basis after 9:30am.
Placement is or location is NOT guaranteed, especially in the summer months. In the interest of fairness; one time per month, per organization, is usually practiced. Proof of non -rofit status is required ( letter) Non-Profits are not allowed to sell products and all give aways must be pre approved.
Do You Accept Credit Cards?
Yes, we do. All transactions are subject to a 3.9% transaction fee through our SQUARE register.
How Do I Vend at Market?
View 2017 Market Site Map
First Time = Non-Member
If you have never vended at the Market, then you would be non-member status.
Here's How You Get Started:
- Find street parking (never park on the market street)
- Go to the Front desk, under the Red Door to sign-in. All non- members MUST read and agree with Vendor Waiver Liability Policy and Rules by signing the form before receiving a space.
Our Desk Manager will slot non-members on a first come, first served basis when non-member placements begins at 8:30am
- Purchase your space, then drive your vehicle next to your space, entering the market from the WEST end on Phinney. Ave N.
- Park on the South side of the street in this one-way traffic pattern and unload as quickly as possible. Drive to the convenient parking area across the street. !0 minute limit on the market street.
- Come back and set up and have a great day.
- At the end of the day pack up, box up and be ready to load and then go get your vehicle.
- Leave no trace or you'll pay a surcharge next time you vend. No boxes in our trash— if you bring it; take it back with you.
- Return any tables you rent to the front desk.
The Fremont Sunday Market is located at the corner of 3410 Evanston Ave North and North 34th street 98103. The Front desk is located at the steps of the Red Door Ale House across from the PCC Market.
Do I Need A Business License to Vend?
YES. After the first two times the City of Seattle requires people vending regularly to have the following documents to vend.
Click the link below for more information:
Becoming A FSM Member
After vending twice in one calendar year you are required to have a market membership.
Membership is $65 per calendar year.
Here's your membership benefits:
- You may continue to sale at the market
- Priority Booth Selection in the morning
- Booth Reservations
- Weekly Booth Discount (save $10)
- Two-for-one spaces in winter
- Extra Smiles
- Newsletter updates
- Special event member discounts
First Timer and Want to Be A Member?
Every first time vendor has the opportunity to become a member their first day. City Business License and UBI are required. The market recommends trying out the market at least once before purchasing a membership.
Prepared Food applicants have a different member process. Please inquire in person about jurying your food concept with us first.
Do We Provide Electricity?
Electricity is not provided outside the Parking garage. Whisper Quiet Generators are allowed, on a pre-approval basis. Coolers and propane are the answers in most cases.
Are Dogs Allowed?
NO VENDOR PETS allowed on-site or at your booth or inside your vehicle. Sorry. This is an insurance liability issue and non- negotiable. Penalties will apply. Guide animals with paperwork are allowed.
Thanks for your understanding.
What Is Our Weather Policy?
We have a "Rain or Shine" policy and require vendors to stay set-up for the hours of operation. We do not provide refunds, roll-overs or rain checks for any vendors.
Where Do You Park?
If you are arriving for the first time, please DO NOT park inside the market along 34th Street. Your car may be may be mistakenly towed or parked in a fellow vendors spot.
Please park outside the market until you are assigned a booth space. The market provides free parking next to the market.
All vendors are required to use the free vendor parking. No Parking on surrounding public streets in order to comply with our goodwill neighborhood restrictions. Street parking occupies a space for a whole day which defeats customer access and convenience. Fines apply for non-compliance.
Hours of Operation
Public Market Hours
- Year Round Market Market
- Hours: 10:00 - 4:00PM
Information Desk Hours
- Open 7:00AM - 12:00PM
- Closed 12:00 - 2:00PM
- Open 2:00 - 4:00PM
Can I Sign-Up During the Week?
SORRY. All market booth reservations must be done in-person on Sundays only.
Reserving Your Booth (for Members)
If you love your current booth space. Please make sure to pre-pay for your current space before 12:00pm. After 2pm, unreserved booth spaces will be available for all members to book. Non-members cannot make reservations forward.
The market accepts the following as payment for booths.
- Checks (Members Only)
- Credit Card
WANT TO SELL FOOD
Prepared Food Policy
I Have a Food Booth. Now What?
Summer 2015 Food Booths are currently filled.
The market is accepting 2016 Spring applications.
Interested? Please Email Ryan@fremontmarket.com
All prepared food booths must be juried by Market staff no Drop-ins are allowed
If you want to be considered to sell your prepared food at the market you must follow this process:
Jury Process by Appointment.
- Email Ryan Reiter for a food application
- Arrange a brief Interview in person. Bring your application and proposed food menu and booth concept to the market front desk any Sunday from 2pm-4pm
- Request a Menu Tasting for consideration.
- Upon tasting date confirmation. Prospective vendors are required to bring food samples on your menu for 5 people.
NEVER BRING FOOD WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT.
The market food court is diverse and offers a international showcase of street food for our patrons. We favor quality, professional presentation and culinary experience in our selection.
NO DUPLICATION OF MENU. The market does not allow duplication of any prepared food item. Good idea to visit the market to understand whats being sold here.
WOW FACTOR The market looks for unique and appealing variety of offerings, to serve as an anchor for weekly Foodie customers to discover and experience.
WHAT FOOD QUALIFIES?
Foods Prepared at Home: NO
Food Made in Certified Commercial Kitchen with labels: YES
King County Health Dept. Permitted Prepared Hot Food: YES
Non-Hazarous foods: YES
Pre-packaged commercial foods: YES.
Food Vendor Restrooms
All vendors serving prepared foods or sampling, MUST use the designated restroom for their employees
The restroom is located under neath the Red Door. Entrance is through the alley and the door is marked with a yellow square.
If the door is locked, please notify a staff member.
No No's—Dumping Ice or Dirty water In the Street or Landscape
Water with soap, bleach, or other contaminants must be disposed of in a sink plumbed to the sewer, in the garage, or taken home. Stiff penalties apply.
Check with market staff for directions for disposal of clean water (for flowers) or ice
Food Booth | 10 x 10
Approved vendors will have a 10 x 10' booth space. Canopies and electrical are not provided by the market. Ultra-quiet generators will be considered, but must be approved by market staff.
All Food vendors pay on a percentage system.
Must go through the same jury process as food booths and will pay on a percentage system. All trucks are scheduled in advance.
The market allows for any food vendors to sample their food, be it pre-pckaged or prepared on-site.
Health Department Requirements
The City of Seattle's health Department requires every participating food vendor at our market to follow the following guidelines prior to selling
- City of Seattle Health Permit
- Food Handlers Permit for All Employees
- Approved Certified Kitchen
- Hand Wash Unit
- Additional Insured Coverage for Market
ALL FOOD VENDORS MUST KNOW AND COMPLY WITH EVERY GUIDELINE AND REGULATION of the USDA, FDA, WSDA, City of Seattle, the Public Health Seattle & King County, and any other legal authority with jurisdiction over their products. Processed foods require labels that comply with all state and local labeling codes. SAMPLING RULES requires a hand wash set-up and sneeze guards that will be approved according to specifications of the Public
DOCUMENTS ON SITE AT ALL TIMES a copy of every license/permit legally required to conduct business from the WSDA/USDA, State of Washington, King County, and City of Seattle.
Check with market manager for directions to access plumbed facilities when necessary.
For more information please reach out to King County Health Department.
Amplified Music Policy
The Market does not allow amplified music of any kind without staff approval.
Furthermore, vendors that wish to play music MUST get written sign off from their neighboring booths on both sides and directly across from them to gain permission. This all about due consideration of your wonderful neighbors. If they have to listen to your music,be sure you listen to them too.
NO OOZING BEYOND YOUR BOOT SPACE
All sidewalks and fire lanes must be clear at all times.
Vendors may sit in chairs in the side walk without obstructing pedestrian traffic or wheel chairs passage. Vendors displays and products must fit within their booth space. A $50 penalty may apply for repeat disregard. We strongly recommend you design your display so that products accommodate the space. We also recommend buying a second booth.
SAFETY IS PARAMOUNT IN ALL OPERATIONS OF THE MARKET. We have a perfect Safety record from 1990 because we take it seriously. Please take our traffic monitors and staff respectfully as well.
No Early Breakdowns
Everyone is required to stay toll the end of the market. Permission for early departure must be arranged the market manager in advance and only in special circumstances.
Fines and Penalties
With regret: for those without respect for the Market mission, safety regulations, their fellow vendors, common sense rules, professional behavior, spirit of cooperation or legal ethic the market has an escalating scale of fines and penalties. All fines must be paid before a vendor will be allowed to sell again at the market. Penalties range from suspension to termination of vendor privileges.
Vendors will be discouraged from speaking louder than a conversational tone to customers. Sampling is to be offered from the vendor space only.
Disparaging other vendors products is NOT an acceptable selling technique. Vendors should keep in mind that diversity and creativity is a goal of the market, and variety is encouraged; politeness and respectful regard for other vendors products is expected as part of professional selling demeanor.
Haul it All Home.
Please take your Trash with you, and leave your space clean.
This includes all trash, food bits, and recycling.
Every vendor is responsible for keeping their vendor space clean and attractive during the day and leaving the space clean at the end of the day. A tarp, broom, and garbage bags should be part of your equipment. The trash bins are for market visitors only. Every vendor is expected to leave NO TRACE/ NO MESS behind at the end of the day.
TAKE IT ALL WITH YOU. $50 FINE APPLIES.
To any vendor stuffing any market trash bins, or leaving a mess behind at end of day All fines must be paid before vendor will be allowed to sell again at the market.
EACH OF US IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MAINTAINING A CLEAN, TIDY, AND SAFE MARKET.
SHARING BOOTH POLICY
Members are allowed to share a booth with a fellow MEMBER vendor. How a vendor (s) wants to display and set-up within their shared space in between them.
Always Secure Your valuables
Don't leave cash box on your front table or unattended at anytime. While rare, most crimes occur because of a perceived easy opportunity.
Canopy Weights Are Required to Vend
No weights =no Canopy.
Because of wind gusts, all canopies must be tethered to 20 lb weights on each leg. Tethered means securely tied down. 20 lbs is the equivalent of a two gallon jug of water. (See CANOPY SAFETY 101 Guidelines attached Downloadable Documents).