Become an EatLoco Vendor
Please read through this page to see if EatLoco markets are a good fit for your business. We would LOVE to have you!
Application link at bottom of page.
SIMPLY LIGHT CANDLE
A MESSAGE FROM OURCEO
To our Farmers Market applicant, Thank you so much for your interest in becoming a vendor at our Award winning EatLoco Farmers Markets. I take great pride in EatLoco and what it's become in 4 short years. Where as much I would love to take all the credit for building these markets to what they are today, I would be amiss if I didn't give the credit to where it belongs, to our vendors. To all 390 vendors that have been either a Season or Drop-in vendor over the past few years and helped make it what it is today, I give you a great big heartfelt THANK YOU!
Our vendor vetting process is one of our most important steps we take before we approve a vendor's application. We are looking for good business men and women that want to build their businesses and take it to the next level. Each new applicant will have a conversation with me personally to make sure we are a good fit for each other and that you are 100% equipped with all the info you need to be successful at our market(s).
We're here to help. So let's do this!
Founder & CEO
APPLICANTS MUST BE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING TO APPLY
RANCH/FARM: Farm-based produce (vegetables, fruits, herbs, nursery crops), Proteins (beef, pork, chicken lamb, turkey, eggs)
VALUE-ADDED FOOD VENDORS: Coffee, teas, baked goods, jams, jellies, apple butter, granola, etc.
FOOD PREPARED ON SITE: Intended for immediate consumption (crepes, bagels, etc).
ARTISAN CRAFT VENDORS: Hand-crafted (non-food) items made by the vendor
SELLING FOOD PREPARED
AT THE MARKET?
Food Vendors in Loudoun County that would like to sell food that will be prepared at the market, must have a Dept. of Health Food Permit. Health Food Permits MUST be displayed at the market every week on your tent.
VA Dept. of Health: (804) 864-7056
SELLING FOOD NOT PREPARED AT THE MARKET?
If you're preparing your food before you come to the farmers market and operateout of a commercial kitchen, then you must first be certified by the Virginia Department of Agriculture (VDACS), before applying.
VDACS Phone: (804) 786-3520
FIRE MARSHAL RULES
Failure to comply to any of these Fire Marshall rules, can cause your removal from the market!
1. Vendors cooking under a tent (even samples), must display a working and up-to-date Fire Extinguisher.
2. Cooking at the market must be done OUTSIDE your tent (prevents grease buildup under the tent than can cause a fire). The Health Dept requires food be stored under the tent and covered at all times.
3. A NO SMOKING sign must be displayed at all times.
WHAT TIME SHOULD I GET THERE?
You must arrive no later than 8:00AM, set-up your tent, table and products and be ready to sell by 8:45AM sharp at either of our markets. Vendors that arrive late and are not prepared on time may be asked to leave and/or be subject to a fine. We enforce this policy for the safety of the customers as well as out of fairness to the vendors who do show up on time. So please be prompt.
WHERE DO I SET UP?
Due to the size of our One Loudoun market, EatLoco Season-pass holders are roughly assigned the same spot each week, though may be shifted slightly as our market grows. It is not possible for us to give Drop-In vendors the same spot each week they drop-in (please don’t request this). To push the One Loudoun market-layout out to all vendors weekly, we publish the new layout to the same link each week:
www.eatloco.org/ol-layout. We suggest creating a bookmark on your smart phone for easy access. Vendors should check this link every Saturday Morning to see which spot they have been assigned for that day. Corresponding space numbers are sprayed painted on the road for easy viewing.
Brambleton are assigned spots on the day of the market from the Market Manager.
SIGNAGE AND MARKETING?
At our core, EatLoCo is a marketing company. While we can no longer provide some of the basic marketing services for each of you as we have done in the past, we are always here to throw ideas around on how to improve your brand, market presence, etc. We do however, we do a TON of social media, Google and Facebook ads to support our markets. By tagging us in your social media posts, your chances of showing up on EatLoco's social media pages greatly increases.
WHAT IF I HAVE AN EMERGENCY AND CAN'T MAKE THE MARKET?
If you have an Emergency that causes you to miss the market, please contact us as soon as possible. Simply not showing up is not acceptable. Use the Vendor Feedback Form to let us know if something comes up. This form submissions notifies several of the EatLoco staff so it’s never missed. No direct emails or text messages please. Market fees are not refunded for missed markets and a no-show fee may be charged.
What's the cost to be a vendor at an EatLoco Market?
The cost to be an EatLoco vendor varies based on a few things. If you'd like to be a weekly season vendor or just an occasional drop-in vendor. Either way, the cost is between $50-$60 per market date. Both markets are the same price. EatLoco does NOT take a percentage of your sales. We want our vendors to sell as much as humanly possible without worrying about giving up any of their sales at the end of the day.