Information Line: (415) 558-9455
Can my organization table during market days?
If you are a non-profit or social service organization, we can provide room for you to set up tables in available open spaces in our market for free. No for-profit businesses are allowed and the service offered must be a community benefit. Please stop by to talk with us at the market information tent or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
CAN MY ORGANIZATION schedule a market tour?
Sure! Email us at email@example.com or send us a message using the form on this page. If you can’t make it to the market, we can provide a provider toolkit including a PowerPoint presentation and handouts to help your clients take advantage of our food assistance programs.
CAN MY ORGANIZATION collect donations?
Our generous farmers donate hundreds of pounds of produce each market day for our most needy neighbors. If you are a community benefit organization you may submit a request to collect donations from farmers on market days. If you are given permission to collect on your requested day, you must obtain a badge showing your approved status and provide containers to farmers who agree to donate. You are required to take all donated items with you and dispose of unwanted items off site.
can MY FARM OR FOOD BUSINESS sell at the market?
Please download and complete the Heart of the City Farmers' Market New Vendor Application. Once you have completed your application and attached all the required documents, mail the application to:
Heart of the City Farmers' Market
New Vendor Request
1182 Market Street, Suite 412
San Francisco, CA94102
Unfortunately we do not have the capacity to advise you on how to set up a new business in San Francisco. We have a very small staff team, so we apologize that we cannot contact everyone who applies. There is no application fee. We do not currently accept non-food vendors.
FARMERS: Farmers must have a certified producer's certificate to be eligible to sell agriculture products. We also accept non-certifiable agriculture producers such as grass-fed meat and cheese. To get on our waiting list, please fill out the application above and mail it to us. Please read the market's rules and regulations carefully (included in the application packet) to ensure you can meet all requirements to sell at the market. You must have general commercial liability insurance with a policy limit of at least $1 million.
PREPARED FOOD VENDORS: We also accept vendors who sell prepackaged and hot foods. Prepared food vendors must have a business license/permit from Department of Public Health, business registration, food handler's permit for each seller, and general commercial liability insurance with a policy limit of at least $1 million. Please research Department of Public Health (DPH) requirements before approaching us for information on how to start a new business, since we have a very small staff team with limited resources. Information on DPH permitting can be found here. Farmers market prepared food vendors are permitted by DPH in one of four ways.
Hot Food (Temporary Food Facility): These vendors prepare food on site at the market in a 10'x10' enclosed tent. The fee is $250 per quarter paid to the farmers market manager, then the farmers market manager pays DPH to obtain your permit for you. Do not approach DPH directly for this permit. You must pay this quarterly fee separately for every location at which you operate. You must rent a commercial kitchen space to sanitize your equipment. A fire permit might also be required. Please submit this application to us along with your application: TFF Permit Application
Food Truck (Mobile Food Facility): These vendors operate out of DPH-approved mobile food truck. The permit fee is approximately $400 per year with a one-time application fee of approximately $400 and will apply for all locations at which you have written permission to sell. A fire permit might also be required.
Prepackaged and Bakery (Retail Food Vendor): These vendors prepare their food off-site in a commercial kitchen and prepackage it to sell at the farmers market. The permit fee is approximately $400 per year with a one-time application fee of approximately $400. You must obtain a separate permit for every location at which you operate.
Cottage Food Vendor: A new law allows certain businesses to cook low-hazard food items in their home kitchens to sell at farmers markets with reduced permit fees, without requiring a commercial kitchen to operate. Please indicate on your application if you are a cottage food business. For more information visit: https://www.sfdph.org/dph/EH/Food/AB1616.asp
Where IS THE MARKET located?
You can find us every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday year-round at San Francisco's United Nations Plaza, located along Market Street between 7th and 8th Streets above Civic Center BART Station. Our Market Information Tent is at the intersection of Hyde and Fulton.
Send us a message below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.