Farmers are persons who raise produce (vegetables, fruits), herbs, flowers or nursery crops from seed or plants and care for, cultivate and harvest the crops offered for sale at the market.  A farm vendors is anyone selling whole foods from their farm or garden.  Whole foods are foods that have not been changed from their original state such as produce and eggs.   The vendors’ areas of production must be within a 100 mile radius of the Owen County Farmers’ Market.

Owen County Farmers’ Market and Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)

The Owen County Farmers’ Market is an approved location for Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP).  If you would like to register to be able to accept WIC and Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program vouchers please complete the following application.  WIC Senior Voucher – New Farmer Application

More information is also available at the government website

Selling Eggs at the Farmers’ Market

Requirements for shell eggs sold at a farmers market.

  1. Eggs must be clean and sound shelled (cracked eggs removed)
  2. Dealer must be licensed by Egg Board and present license upon request. (Farm Market Egg License Application from the Indiana State Egg Board)
  3. Eggs must be held under refrigeration at an ambient temperature of no greater than 45 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Used egg cartons may be used ONLY if relabeled with name and address of supplier of eggs
  5. Pack date and expiration date must appear on each carton. Expiration date is 30 days from date of pack

Contact your local Health Department for any additional requirements. REMEMBER: Shell eggs are an animal protein product, a potentially hazardous food, and require time and temperature control.  For further information, review Rules and Regulations of the Indiana State Egg Board  or contact the Indiana State Egg Board at 765-494-8510.

Plant Growers

Plant growers must be in possession of plants for at least 60 days prior to sale at the market. Plant receipts may be requested at any time by the Market Master verify the length of possession.   If the vendor operates a greenhouse and has a start to finish operation farm/operation visits by the standards committee may be made.

Plant growers of woody shrubs must have a valid Nursery License from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources if they are going to sell any annual or perennial plants

contact Market Manager for a contract and more information.

Vendor Booth Rental Fees

  • Full Season (May-Oct) is $150.00. Due on or before Market opening day.
  • Daily is $15.  Due on or before the Saturday the booth is rented.  If vendor decides after renting a booth for one day to participate for a full or seasonal season the rental fee will be applied to the total rental.
  • Lemonade Stand for youth 12 and under is 50 cents. Due on or before the Saturday the booth is rented.
  • WINTER MARKET (Nov-Feb) Details to come.

Vendor Requirements

  1. Before a vendor application will be approved the following criteria must be met:
    1. Applicant must reside within a one hundred mile radius of the Market.
    2. Applicant must not have an outstanding fee or fine from the previous season.
    3. If the applicant was a vendor the previous season they must have been a vendor in good standing, abiding by the Rules & Policies of the Owen County Farmers Market.
    4. No commercial items, no imported items and no second hand items shall be sold by any vendor at the Market.
  2. The Market strives to provide a place where fresh and wholesome products are sold. The Market Manager has the responsibility to cooperate with regulatory agencies in order to maintain quality control at the Market.
  3. Minor children may be involved in the display and sales of items in a stall provided that they are supervised at all times by a parent or guardian.
  4. No vending from trucks, vans, cars, etc. in the market
  5. Full and Seasonal vendors are asked to inform the Market Manager in advance of weeks they will be unable to attend the market.  This information is useful to our Market Manager for recording attendance,  planning the market days layout, and letting our customers know what will be available
  6. Also for those wishing to rent space on a daily (week by week) basis booth payments must be made before the start of market on the days of setting up. Also vendors must contact the Market Manager at least 48 hrs before the Saturday you plan to attend, so we can assure you a booth space.

Complete listing of the OCFM Rules

Stalls & Stall Assignment

A full stall will be 10’ X 10’. A vendor may pay for and use more than one stall. The Owen County Farmers Market reserves the right to limit the amount of stalls each vendor has should the growth of the market dictate that such a limitation is in the best interest of the market.

Canopy & Table: Set Up & Tear Down

  1. All vendors are responsible for setting up and tearing down canopies, tables, and displays for their stall.
    1. Set up may begin an hour before the market opens and must be completed before the market opens
    2. Tear down may not begin before the end of the market hours
  2. All vendors erecting canopies at the Market are required to have their canopy sufficiently and safely anchored to the ground from the time their canopy is put up to the time it is taken down.  The Market requires a minimum of 24 pound weights on each of the four corners of the canopy.  Any vendor who has been found by the Market Master to have failed to properly anchor their canopy will either have to:
    1. Anchor their canopy appropriately
    2. Remove their canopy for that Market day
    3. Refrain from selling at the Market on that Market day.
  3. All vendors are responsible for policing their stall areas after tear down and leaving the area clean. Vendors who do not police their area will not be allowed to sell at the next Market.


  1. Vendors must park their vehicles away from the market site. No vending from trucks, vans, cars, etc. in the market
  2. The Owen County Farmers’ Market is not responsible for items left at the Market.


When must contracts be submitted?
What are the scheduling requirement to vend?
Can anyone vend?
Do I need insurance?
If I am done vending before 1 pm can I leave?
Can I sell mushrooms?
What license and permits are required?
Can I sell my farm raise meats?

When must contracts be submitted?
Contracts for full, seasonal, or daily vendors must be received at least 48 hr before your first market date. Contacts and payments may be mailed to OCFM, PO Box 650, Spencer, IN 47460 or contracts may be emailed to the Market Manager at email.  If emailing payment must be given to the Market Manager before setting up your stall on your first market date.

What are the scheduling requirement to vend?
Full season vendor are asked to contact the Market Manager when you will not be able to attend a particular Saturday.  This allows the Market Manager knowledge to fill in your space that week to keep a coherent flow to the market. Reserved spaces not claimed before 8 am may be reassigned to another vendor for that day.

Seasonal vendors are asked to contact the Market Master 48 hr prior to the Saturdays you will be attending so we can configure the market for that week.

Daily vendors that have approved contracts must contact the Market Manager at least 48 hrs before the Saturday you plan to attend, so we can assure you a booth space.  Payment is required prior to setting up your booth.

Can anyone vend?

  • Vendors must submit contracts prior to vendor for board approval.  The Board reserves the right to refuse admittance to any vendor that the Board feels does not meet the eligibility requirements or does not serve the best interests of the Market.
  • Artisan Vendors. All Artisan Vendors are subject to the craft jury process and only those items approved by the jury may be sold at the market.  Vendor booth rental spaces may be limited for Artisans depending on the response of contracts.
  • The Board and/or Market Master reserves the right to inspect any kitchen or farm of participating market vendors. We may choose to make a visit when complaints have been made to the Market Master as we deem it necessary. If following the initial inspection the Board and/or Market Master feels it is necessary they may require a State inspection by the Owen County Board of Health.

Do I need insurance?
Certificate of Insurance with the minimum limits of 500/1M listing the “Owen County Farmers Market” as an additional insured. This must be provided with the Value Food Addendum.  Contact your local insurance agent and ask about Farmers’ Market / Value added food policies. Farm and Artisan vendors are not required to provide insurance.

If I am done vending before 12:30 pm can I leave?
Vendors are NOT permitted to close their booth before the conclusion of the market day for insurance liability reasons. Any vendor leaving the Market before the close of the day could be assessed a $50.00 fine, which is due before the next Market day.

Can I sell mushrooms?
ALL vendors with morel mushrooms MUST have product inspected by a board member or the Market Master before they are allowed to sell. If a vendor is only selling morel mushrooms they are not permitted to close their booth before the conclusion of the market day, so please be prepared to stay even if your items sell out before the end of market

What license and permits are required?

  • Egg vendors MUST have state egg license with a copy included with contract and copy on site (Egg License Application Retail).
  • Indiana State Board of Animal health Dairy Division permit to operate as a manufactured grade milk and/or milk processor is required with vendors intending to sell diary products
  • Temporary Food Vendor Permit and/or Mobile Food Vending Permit form the Owen County Health Department is required. The Owen County Health Department has waived the permit fee for the 2015 season but does require vendor selling value added food to register for the permit

Can I sell my farm raised meats?
Selling farm raised meats is allowed and considered a value added food.  If  a vendor intends to sell frozen or preserved beef, pork, elk, rabbit, goat, poultry, lamb or other meats at the Market, the following requirements must be met:

  1. Vendor must have grown, bred or raised all animals from which meat is sold at the Market;
  2. All animals must have been in the Vendor’s immediate custody, care and control for at least fifty percent (50%) of the live weight or for twelve months at slaughter;
  3. Only product that has been prepared in a licensed state-inspected facility may be sold at the Market.  Preparation includes slaughter, packaging, labeling and freezing/preserving.  The product must have a “safe food handling” label on the package and be sold in the unaltered package it was placed in at the processing facility.  Processing plant receipts may be requested for verification of producer ship;
  4. Vendor must maintain the product continuously in frozen/preserved condition from the time it leaves the processing facility until it is sold at the Market.
  5. Home butchered
    1. Home butchered poultry (poultry defined as: chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, ratitae, and squabs) are accepted under the Indiana State Board of Health regulation if under 1000 birds are processed.
    2. Vendor must include labeling stating “Home Butchered” with State labeling requirements.
    3. Products must be sold in frozen conditioned from the time it leaves the processing facility until it is sold at the market, fresh or thawed products are prohibited.
    4. Home butchered meats and wild game, other than poultry, are prohibited at the market.
    5. Check with the local board of health for the status of home butchered rabbits.