for all you farmers, bakers, and other art makers…

Vendor Resources

frequently asked

what do I need to be a vendor?

  • all appropriate local, state, and federal licenses, permits, and compliances
  • $1,000,000 Liability Insurance naming “Capital Crossroads SID” as Additional Insured
  • a friendly disposition for market day!

What about parking?

Discounted $8 parking is offered in the Buckeye Garage (55 E Long St) one block north of the market. Details at Orientation.

Otherwise, parking is self-pay at the Gay St meters, the Gay & 3rd St surface lot, or wherever you can find it. Downtown, baby!

I’m a vendor, how do i apply?

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the season. Apply here.

I’m a performer, how can I play at pearl market?

We’re always looking for talented musicians (and other types of entertainers) with a good attitude and fun vibe. If you fit the bill, apply to GCAC’s Street Performer program, then drop a line to manager@pearlmarket.org to let us know.

I’m a local business/non-profit owner, may i apply to the market?

We’re happy to have partners that align with our values and mission. Check out our about page to see if that’s you, and if so we’ll find you a booth. Email manager@pearlmarket.org for more info.

I have another question – help!

Contact Sam, the market manager, by phone (614.591.4559) or email (manager@pearlmarket.org) for more info.

what Licenses and permits do I need?

While we will cover this in more depth at Orientation, it is, dear Vendor, your responsibility to find what you need. Needs will depend upon the goods you are selling (farm vs. cottage food vs. hot food vs. arts/goods). Common licenses include:
State of Ohio Vendor’s License
Mobile Food Permit
Home Bakery License
Food vendors, see Columbus Public’s Health’s Introduction to Mobile Food Units.

Is sales reporting required?

Yes! You will be responsible for reporting your daily sales for the market to use in aggregate to secure funding and observe trends. Sam WILL hunt you down if you don’t turn in your info!

Do you take cards, snap, Produce Perks, wic, or senior farmers market coupons?

Yes! We’re proud to accept all forms of payment. Customers can either swipe in exchange for tokens to spend, or buy from you directly.

are all market products ohio-made?

Pearl Market gives preference to farmers, food producers, and artisans who source their materials locally. We promise that every vendor you meet is an Ohio-based small business owner, but cannot guarantee the source of all materials.

is all market produce organic?

Most of our farmers and food producers use organic methods of pest control, soil enrichment, and crop production, but without the cost-prohibitive “certified organic” label.

Preference is given to farmers who use organic, sustainable, or biodynamic methods.

3400

# weekly visits

42

days per season

35

local Vendors

29

Years of service

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