Become A Vendor

become a vendor

Galveston's Own Farmers' Market is a producer's-only food market dedicated to sourcing local foods.

GOFM is comprised of vendors who: grow/raise their own products, make their own food products utilizing local ingredients when possible and reasonable, & a small number of non-food artisan vendors. The resale of items not made by the vendor--food or nonfood--is not permitted. Eligible food products must be sourced within 150 miles of the market. 

Interested in becoming a vendor? 

Our application is an online-only process. Please read the following descriptions carefully to select the correct category for your application. If you have questions about which category best fits your products, please contact the Executive Director before you apply.

AGRICULTURAL PRODUCER: 

Applicants under this category offer:

  • produce that has been grown on the producer’s land (including leased land),
  • meat/eggs/processed meat products from animals raised on the producers’ land (including leased land) & are processed at a USDA-inspected facility
  • products such as cheese, yogurt,  or honey sourced from animals raised on the producers' land (including leased land)
  • Examples: Farmers, Ranchers, Beekeepers

VALUE-ADDED:

Applicants under this category offer:

  • products that have changed the form, flavor, blend and/or the substance of raw products using as many market products as available. Products should use organic ingredients when available and as many market products as possible & reasonable, with preference given to those vendors who use local products. The certified kitchen utilized must be located within 150 miles of the market attended. Vendors offering products covered under the Texas Cottage Food Law are classified as Value-Added Foods vendors.
  • Examples: Baked goods, teas, salsa, nut butters

PREPARED FOODS:

Applicants under this category offer:

  • freshly-made food and drinks available for sale and immediate consumption. These products may be hot or cold ready-to-eat foods or drinks. Products should use organic ingredients when available and as many market products as possible & reasonable, with preference given to those vendors who use local products. The certified kitchen utilized must be located within 150 miles of the market attended.
  • Examples: Pakistani take-home meals, iced lemonade, breakfast tacos

NON-FOOD ARTISAN:

Applicants under this category include:

  • products that integrate local agricultural products (milk, honey, olive oil, herbs, etc.) with materials sourced outside of the farmers market to create a health/body-oriented product. All eligible products must be created by a local artisan located within 150 miles of the market attended.
  • Products should use organic ingredients when available and as many market products as possible & reasonable. 
  • No craft, jewerly or art items will be accepted.
  • Examples: Beauty & skincare products

In your application, you must be as transparent and detailed as possible about your operation's methods, ingredients and philosophy. We value honesty and a commitment to local, sustainable systems and preference is always given to organic (uncertified or certified) operations. GOFM conducts site visits to all grower operations. The vetting of applications is conducted by the entire Board of Directors at our monthly Board meetings, and depending on when you submit your application it may take up to 1 month to receive a final response.

“I love this not-so-little-anymore market. There is so much passion and kindness contained in our little lot. ”
— Jorja Zywczuk, retired GOFM farmer