Livingston Farmers Market Info:
Attention Vendors: Anyone selling food needs to contact Craig Caes, Park County Environment Health Specialist, for approval at (406)222-4145 ext. 2
Frequently Asked Questions
- When and where is the Livingston Farmers Market?
The Livingston Farmers Market is open to the public Wednesdays from 4:30 to 7:30 PM beginning June 1 and running through September 21 at the Miles Band Shell Park across from the lagoon.
- How do I register for a booth?
All you need to do in order to register is to come to the WSE Headquarters booth on the day you’d like to sell, read the rules and regulations, and fill out a registration form. You only need to complete this form once per summer, but you must sign in at our booth every week you vend. However, if you are selling food for human consumption, you must get it preapproved by Craig Caes, the Environmental Health Specialist for Park County. You can reach him at 406-222-4145, Ext. 2.
WSE’s Headquarters booth is open from 2:00 to 4:30 PM for registration, sign in, and set up. You must come to our booth and either register or sign in before you may start setting up and to be assigned a booth space. You must be set up and ready to sell when the market opens to the public at 4:30.
- How much does a booth cost?
Adult booths range from $12 all the way up to $52, depending on size and what you’re selling. Homemade and locally grown products and WSE certified producers get a discount over resale. Please see our registration form or our rules and regs form for prices. The booth sizes and prices are shown at the bottom of each form.
- What if I want to sell food?
If you plan to sell any type of food for human consumption, including baked goods, eggs, prepared food, or processed produce, you must call Craig Caes, the Park County Environmental Health Specialist, at 406-222-4145, Ext. 2, to get his approval first. Certain types of foods and certain ingredients require preparation in a commercial kitchen and might also require a license or permit to sell. If you have not talked to Craig and gotten his approval first, you may not be allowed to sell. You must also pre-resister with WSE as all prepared food vendors are curated.
- Where do I set up my booth?
You need to stop by our booth between 2:00 and 4:30 PM on the day you plan to sell, sign in and get your booth assignment. Season vendors are the only vendors who may reserve a spot. They pay for the season in advance. After that, booth spaces are given out on a first come, first served basis. So the earlier you arrive, the better selection of spaces there will be.
- What if I need electrical power?
Power is available on a limited basis. There are power outlets on the edge of the park along the Civic Center’s parking lot. Since booths are given out on a first come, first served basis, you should try to get to the park as early as possible if you need power. We allow set up as early as 2:00 PM every Wednesday.
- What do I need to bring and supply myself?
You need to bring everything you need for your booth, including tables, chairs, and change. If you want shade, you need to supply your own canopy and keep in mind that it’s very windy in Livingston, so you’ll need something to weigh your canopy down, like cinderblocks or gallon jugs of sand or water.
You need to fill out the registration form and bring it to our booth. You will need to pay for the whole season in advance. Season vendors from prior years get to keep their booth spaces from the previous year, but you may choose a space from what is left and reserve that for the year.
- Do I need to check in at WSE’s booth each week I want to sell?
Yes, you do. Once you are registered, you still need to come to WSE’s booth every Wednesday and sign in to get your booth assignment. Even season vendors must sign in before they set up. If you are selling anything that is not already listed on your registration form, you need to let us know so we can add the information.
- What if it rains?
The market will be held outside rain or shine this year. Since our area commonly has afternoon thunderstorms daily, be prepared for any weather.
- What if my child wants a YES booth?
Bring them to our booth any Wednesday between 2:00 and 4:30 PM. We like to have each YES kid fill out their own registration form, but we will require your signature on one of the forms. All items sold in a YES booth must be at least 75% made or grown by the child.
- What if I want a fundraiser booth?
We allow a limited number of small fundraising booths (6’ wide) at each market. Nonprofits pay half price.
- What if I don’t want a booth? What if I want to walk around soliciting donations or signatures?
This is not allowed. You must have a booth and let the people come to you if they are so inclined.
- Can I have political information in my booth?
No. We do not allow political, policy, or regulatory advocacy information to be displayed in any booths.
- What if I’m a produce vendor, and I want to take SFMNP coupons or WIC?
To sign up for SFMNP, contact Jackie Stoeckel at the Montana Office of Aging at (406)444-6061. There is a short training required each year. To sign up for WIC, contact Barb Bensen at the Gallatin City-County Health Department at (406)582-3116.
Fruit and Vegetable Growers: are you interested in accepting WIC checks? It’s a simple process but you must contact Barb Benson at the Gallatin City-County Health Department, preferably before the end of March! Barbara.Benson@gallatin.mt.gov or 582-3181
The new Cottage Food Law has taken effect this year. Please take a moment to get familiar with it!
In 2002, Western Sustainability Exchange assumed the role of organizer of the Livingston Farmers Market. In the ensuing decade the market has exploded in number of vendors, community participation, and economic development. The 2016 market season features, once again, prepared food vendors, arts & crafts, baked goods and of course, farm and ranch products featuring the freshest, healthiest food our region has to offer.
Western Sustainability Exchange reserves the right to refuse admittance to anyone.
Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program
WSE is also once again offering the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Coupons are available at WSE’s booth during Farmers Market hours while supplies last. Vendors wishing to be approved to accept SFMNP please call the office at 406.222.0730 for information.
2016 will mark the eighth year that WSE will bring the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program to Park County. This program makes available $50 vouchers to low-income senior citizens for the purchase of fresh, locally grown vegetables, fruits, herbs and honey at the Farmers Market.