Being a vendor at the Ruston Farmers Market is a great way to earn some cash and start a business. In fact several local brick and mortar businesses got their start at the Ruston Farmers Market. Being a vendor at RFM is fun and it makes you a part of something bigger than just you and your business. RFM is a thriving dynamic community of people from all walks of life, and we are able to serve the North Louisiana Community through healthy local food, education, entertainment and community outreach. Be a part of our RFM family by becoming a vendor.
Please note that because we are a Farmers Market that agriculture-related vendors will be given precedence over arts, crafts, home-baked goods, and anything else not agriculture-related. While we do appreciate having a variety of vendors we must limit items that are not farm-related. These decisions will be at the discretion of the Market Manager.
ALL VENDORS MUST READ THE RULES AND REGULATIONS, PAY APPROPRIATE FEES, AND SIGN THE APPLICATION FORM BEFORE BEING ALLOWED TO SELL.
The Ruston Farmers Market aims to provide a direct-sales venue for Louisiana farmers, growers, and producers of local value-added products. We want to create a profitable market for our vendors while providing high quality, fresh, healthy food to our customers. Any vendor wishing to sell at the Ruston Farmers Market must read the rules and regulations, which are determined by the board of North Louisiana Farm Fresh, in accordance with state laws and local ordinances, and in conference with our vendors and customers. Vendors should also review the appropriate sections of the Food Handling Guide and Cottage Food law referenced in the sidebar. Before selling at the market, vendors must submit a completed application to the board of North Louisiana Farm Fresh. Any questions concerning eligibility, the application process, or any of the rules should be directed to:
Tom Faber (Operations Manager)
5 Application Steps
1. MUST read rules and regulations before filling out and signing the application
2. After reading rules and regulations fill out the application:
Mail application along with your application fee
Email application and pay $25 fee online.
3. The Market Manager will review your application.
NEW VENDORS: If you will be selling value-added foods, a sample of your product with the label (label requirements found in rules and regulations) is required before acceptance. Email to set up a time
For all value-added vendors, a kitchen inspection must be performed before you attend the market
For farmers and producers, a site visit must be performed before you attend the market
4. We will notify you when we've received your application and also let you know if you've been accepted.
5. Once accepted, we will talk about when you want to be at the market and an invoice will be sent to you for booth fees!
WE ACCEPT APPLICATIONS ALL YEAR LONG!
Once the application is received and the vendor is approved, an invoice will be sent for booth fees.
mail checks to:
Ruston Farmers Market
P.O. Box 13231
Ruston, La 71273-3231
Are you interested in becoming a vendor at the Ruston Farmers Market?
(318) 957-1305 email@example.com
Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)
The Senior FMNP provides coupons to eligible seniors to use for the purchase of fresh vegetables, fruits, cut herbs, and honey at approved farmers markets and farm stands. We are an approved farmers market. To accept these coupons, you must become an approved vendor, an easy process. Just call 985-345-9483. For more information, click here.
Sustainable Agriculture, Research & Education (SARE) in Louisiana
To learn more about grant opportunities and education for Louisiana farmers interested in sustainable agriculture, visit the Louisiana SARE website.
USDA Operating Microloans Program
Microloans are smaller ($35k to $300k), direct farm operating loans with a shortened application process and reduced paperwork designed to meet the needs of smaller, non-traditional, and niche type operations. Follow the link for more information: www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=home&subject=fmlp&topic=dflop.
Sales Tax Information:
Produce is exempt from all sales tax.
Any value-added, resale, art/craft items are subject to local sales tax. Food items for home food consumption are NOT subject to state sales tax, but vendors are required to pay parish sales tax on these items.
Jams, jellies, preserves made from the grower’s own produce is exempt from state sales tax only.
By law, vendors must have their certificates available on site. Go to www.laota.com (click For Taxpayers then Registration, link on the bottom of the page for Local Sales Tax Registration Application Online). Once registered, vendors can pay their sales tax online at parishe-file.revenue.louisiana.gov.
Go to www.revenue.louisiana.gov (click Business then Sales Taxes, links for registration and payment of tax on the left side of page). For State sales tax.