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The Downtown Farmers Curb Market

The Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market is open every Saturday, September through July, on N. Kentucky Avenue. in Downtown Lakeland. Market hours are September – May 8am-2pm; June & July 8am-1pm.

We emphasize handmade, homegrown, wholesome products, with a few exceptions that are carefully controlled.  For this reason, not all vendor applications are accepted. Careful consideration is given to the product mix at the Market as well as products that might compete with our Bricks & Mortar Downtown neighbors. Highest priority is given to produce and other high quality packaged food products that support a farmers market atmosphere.

Space is limited by product category, not necessarily by the Market’s overall space availability. We are not a “flea market” or a place for ordinary resale of products or independent consultants/distributors or marketing of service businesses looking for a place to advertise or collect new clients. Non-food vendors must meet high standards of craft/artisan designation by the Market committee.
 How can I apply to sell at the Market?

Visit the APPLY page under the FOR VENDORS tab.

How much does it cost to be a Vendor at the Market?

Vendors pay Shared Marketing Costs (SMC) based on the time commitment they make to the Market.  The SMC vary from $80 – $100 per month for full time and $30 per week for part time.  Farmers get a discount. Additional space available at an additional cost.

Are sales subject to sales tax?

Yes. Vendors are responsible for charging and collecting sales tax for items that require it. Vendors must provide the Market with their Sales Tax Certificate.

What licenses are needed to sell food at the Market?

Sales Tax License is required for those selling items that are taxable including ready-to-eat foods.
Vendors who prepackaged food items who are not regulated under the Cottage Food Act must be licensed with the Department of Agriculture. To learn more about the requirements contact the Department of Agriculture at 850.245.5520.

Vendors with products deemed Cottage Foods are not regulated by the Department of Agriculture.  Read the attached Cottage Food Documents below for more information.

Vendors who sell ready-to-eat foods are regulated by the Department of Health and require a license through the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and a Food Handlers License. Their contact number is 850.487.1395.

Vendors who only sell at the Downtown Farmers Curb Market are covered by the Market’s Business Tax License with the City of Lakeland.  If vendors sell elsewhere they should have their own Business Tax License.

What licenses are needed to sell plants at the Market?

In order to sell plants at the Market, vendors must have either a nursery license or a stock dealer license. Click here to learn more.

Are non-profits allowed to set up at the Market?

Yes, with approval of the Market Manager and as space allows.

How are the locations of the Vendors determined?

The Market Manager determines the location of vendors based on space availability, vendor products,  and needs and overall flow of the Market.

Can Vendor space be shared by multiple businesses?

No. You may not invite other businesses to be in your space.

What kind of products are allowed for sale at the Market?

We are not a “flea market” or a place for ordinary resale of products. We emphasize handmade, homegrown, wholesome products, with a few exceptions that are carefully controlled.



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North Kentucky Avenue, Lakeland, Polk County, Florida, 33801, United States

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