Goods Permitted to be Sold
Columbus Farmers Market is an open market and we do not limit the number of vendors selling specific products. When approving new vendors, the Market Coordinator takes into consideration the number of current vendors already selling a similar product.
All products must originate and be processed or manufactured in Indiana and must be pre-approved before being at the market. Wholesale or resale items, memberships or subscriptions are not permitted to be sold.
Food (Not for Immediate Consumption)
The following goods may be sold at the Columbus Farmers Market subject to applicable Federal, State, and Local laws, regulations and guidelines.
At least 50% of produce products sold at the market must be grown, raised, caught, gathered or produced by the vendor. As part of the approval process, the vendor must provide information pertaining to farm/ranch or production location and any other required information as contained in the Application Form.
Plants, Produce, Cut Flowers
All plants and produce must be grown in the state of Indiana. Vendors are expected to grow at least 50% of what they sell. Goods grown by another Indiana farmer may be sold by the vendor if they are acquired directly from that farmer. Vendors must provide location information for any products grown by other farmers. Each plant must be cultivated by the vendor from seed or plug for a minimum of six weeks.
Plants or produce for sale cannot be purchased from a wholesale supplier. All sources of plants and produce must be listed on your application. If any vendor is found to be purchasing produce or plants for resale they may be asked to leave the market for the remainder of the season and no refunds will be paid to the vendor.
Vendors selling micro-greens or sprouts must possess a Temporary Food Vendor license from the Bartholomew County Health Department and have it available in your booth at all times.
Vendors selling wild mushrooms must have a Mushroom Certification License from the State of Indiana or have your product certified by a licensed mushroom expert. Vendors must also indicate location information showing general location where mushrooms have been foraged.
Processed Food items must be created or prepared in a facility in accordance with Indiana law and sold in prepackaged form and must be the original product of the vendor. All vendors selling processed foods must have their Board of Health licenses available at their stands at all times. Some examples of processed foods include:
- Jellies, Jams, and Preserves
- Dried vegetables and fruit
- Cider or other Pressed Juices
- Ice Cream
- Vinegars and Oils
- Baked Goods
- Honey & Syrups
- Flour and ground grains
The sale of these food items requires proper labeling and must consist of the following:
- Name of product
- Location of preparation
- Description of contents
- Net weight or units
Any questions regarding minimally processed food or high acid items should be directed to the Bartholomew County Health Department.
Home Based Vendor Products
The Indiana General Assembly created a home-based vendor (HBV) exemption with House Enrolled Act 1309. This exemption allows an individual to produce “non-potentially hazardous food products” in a home kitchen to sell only at farmer’s markets and roadside stands. No HBV foods may be sold (or resold) at other venues, including retail food establishments, festivals, carnivals, or any other event.
Foods that may create a public health risk are considered potentially hazardous foods and may NOT be produced and sold under the HBV exemption. A potentially hazardous food product includes a food that is natural or synthetic and requires temperature control because it is in a form capable of supporting the growth of disease-causing bacteria. All non-potentially hazardous foods have a pH of less than or equal to 4.6 AND water activity of less than 0.85.
Food products processed by a HBV (Home Based Vendor) are currently sellable under Indiana law providing they are only sold at Farmers Markets or Roadside Stands. Items produced by a HBV must have proper labeling, which must consist of the following:
- Name and address of producer
- Common name of the product
- Ingredients included in the food product listed in descending order by weight
- Net weight and volume of package
- Date the food product was produced
HBV products must also contain a label with the following warning: “This product is home-produced and processed and the production area has not been inspected by the State Department of Health. Not available for resale.” in at least 10-point type. For more detailed information about home based vendors, see the Purdue Extension Entrepreneur Series- https://www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/FS/FS-18-W.pdf.
Some examples of Home Based Vendor products include:
- Baked Goods
- Candy & Confections
- Tree nuts and Legumes
- Honey, Molasses, Sorghum, Maple Syrup
- Jams, Jellies, Preserves-only high acid fruit
It is the expectation and responsibility of the vendor to make sure they are in compliance with the latest homebased vendor regulations within the state of Indiana. For information and an FAQ regarding the passing of Indiana’s House Enrolled Act 1149 (passed in 2022 regarding HBV) Click Here.
Beer and Wine
Beer and/or Wine products that are made by the vendor may be sold and sampled. They must be made and packaged in accordance with all state and federal laws. Vendor must have proper permits on display in their booth.
Vendors must obtain a current egg license issued by the State Egg Board, a Temporary Food Handler License from the county health department if selling quail or duck eggs, and sell in accordance with the following regulations:
1) Eggs must be clean and sound shelled (cracked eggs removed).
2) Dealer must be licensed by State Egg Board and present license upon request.
3) Eggs must be held under refrigeration at an ambient temperature of no greater than 45 degrees Fahrenheit.
4) Used egg cartons may be used ONLY if relabeled with name and address of supplier of eggs.
5) Pack date and expiration date must appear on each carton. Expiration date is 30 days from date of pack
Vendors must obtain a Temporary Food Handler License from the county health department. Meat must be kept frozen at all times. Meats must be processed from an establishment inspected by the Indiana Board of Animal Health or the United States Department of Agriculture. Appropriate labeling must be clearly stated on each meat product sold.
Food Concessions (for Immediate Consumption)
- A limited number of spots are available for food concessions.
- Vendors must make all food items themselves.
- No wholesale, resale or prepackaged foods are permitted.
- Vendors are encouraged to use Indiana grown ingredients in their foods.
- A menu must be included with your application.
- A minimum double booth space is required for all Food Concessionaires that cook.
- Health Department and/or Fire permits must be obtained and all rules followed.
- Have a working ABC fire extinguisher on site and readily accessible.
- Trash cans must be provided if you use disposable service ware.
- Ground covering must be provided to protect space from spills, residue, or damage.
If you are selling pet food, an Indiana Commercial Feed License must be obtained and displayed. All applicable rules must be followed.
Arts and Crafts
Arts and Craft items will be juried by the Columbus Farmers Market Staff. All work must be designed and executed by the vendor. No commercially manufactured items or objects produced from kits are eligible. Items should be original and of the highest quality.
Staff reserves the right to jury any unacceptable items on site. Vendors should submit photos representative of the types of items they intend to sell. Photos should show the range and quality of the product. The Market Staff may request further information about the creative process of various items.
A limited number of spots are available for non-profit groups to fundraise or provide education to the public. Non-profits who wish to sell items from any of the above categories must follow the rules and regulations that apply to all vendors selling products or services. Items offered for sale are to be pre-approved by the Market Coordinator.