May 2 is the first day of market! Market Applications are open starting March 1
Recruiting New Farmer Vendors!
In an effort to recruit new farmers to our market, the Ellensburg Farmers Market is offering to waive the first booth fee for new farmers/ranchers/farm value added vendors who would like to join. Please fill out the vendor application or call 509-899-3870 with any questions.
The Kittitas County Farmers Market has changed its name! It will henceforth and forevermore be known as The Ellensburg Farmers Market.
The Ellensburg Farmers Market is rich in tradition. This lively market is known for its farm fresh local produce, baked goods and fine hand crafted products. The Ellensburg Farmers Market, located in beautiful historic downtown Ellensburg, serves the Ellensburg and Cle Elum communities from the first Saturday in May until the last Saturday in October. The market hours are from 9 to 1.
The experience of Ellensburg, Washington includes museums, art galleries, antique stores, jewelry stores, many locally owned unique clothing and gift stores, and fine restaurants all located in antique buildings. Brick sidewalks, vintage lighting and signage, plenty of free parking and beautiful parks and playgrounds set the ambiance of Ellensburg.
Saturdays, 9 to 1
May through October on 4th Street
Vendor Application & Information
May 9, 2019, the Ellensburg Downtown Association & The Ellensburg Library will be hosting a Children's Day downtown! There will be informational tables promoting youth programs offered during the summer in Kittitas County as well as children performing music, song, and dance at the Rotary Pavilion on the corner of 4th and Pearl. More info at https://ellensburgdowntown.org/events/childrens-day-at-the-market/
Every third Saturday will be Children's Day at the market! Curbside Art Studio & Cashmere Valley Bank will host arts and crafts booths for children and adults!
FISH Food Bank is sponsoring KERNEL for the 10 weeks of summer! Kids Eating Right-Nutrition and Exercise for Life teaches kids about gardening, exercise and eating healthy. Participants will be rewarded with a $2 coupon they can spend on fresh fruits or veggies each week!
Dachshunds on Parade, June 20
Hosted by the Ellensburg Downtown Association, Dachshunds on Parade is arguably the weirdest day of the year in this town! The Ellensburg Downtown Association has teamed up with the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce to bring you the best in Dachshund performances in recent memory. The Chamber will also be hosting the second annual Germanfest in the Rotary Pavilion that day, filled with German style food, beer and entertainment. More info and registration at www.dachshundsonparade.com
Buskers in the Burg, September 25 & 26
Buskers in the Burg showcases music performers all over downtown on Friday night and all day Saturday. The Arts Parade passes through the market at about 10:00 on September 29, making this arguably the second weirdest day of the year. There will be tons of children's activities in the Pavilion, including bounce houses and crafts. More can be found at www.buskersintheburg.org
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How Do I Become a Vendor?
The vendor application can be found on this page, it includes all the rules and regulations. This market requires all vendors to have businesses set up with the Department of Revenue, with a current UBI. All businesses operating within city limits must have an Ellensburg Business License. More can be found here https://bls.dor.wa.gov/file.aspx and here https://bls.dor.wa.gov/cities/ellensburg.aspx The Ellensburg Farmers Market must be listed as additional insured on your business insurance.
Can My Non-Profit Have a Booth at the Market?
Non-profits are welcome to participate in the Ellensburg Farmers Market! Please familiarize yourself with the market rules, included in the vendor application, to see if your non-profit qualifies for a booth. Booth fees and insurance requirements are generally waived for non-profits. Non-profits are limited to about four or five dates per season.
Can My Band Play Music at the Market?
Sure thing! A market without music is a dull affair. You are welcome to display your talents, just please stay on the sidewalks. The street itself is reserved for approved market vendors, and musicians performing on the street will be asked to move to the sidewalk. All performers will be expected to respect the sound space of the market and other performers. Music from vendors is not allowed. Some light guitar strumming with no vocalization is permitted from vendors, subject to the discretion of the market manager.
What About My Political and Religious Agendas?
The Ellensburg Farmers Market does not allow vendors or customers to promote or discriminate political or religious agendas in the market space (the street). The sidewalk, though, does not fall under market jurisdiction, and is open to all to exercise their right to free speech. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the farmers market, but those advocating political or religious persons or ideas are not permitted to approach customers or vendors on the street during market hours.
How Can I Promote My Event at the Market?
Most event promotion must be kept to the sidewalks, but exceptions can be made! Are you promoting a school play? Is the circus coming to town? Are you hosting some kind of Comic-Con? Call market manager, Colin Lamb, at 509-899-3870, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sort out the details.
Does the Early Bird Get the Worm?
The Ellensburg Farmers Market allows vendors to sell before the market opens at 9:00. This is up to vendor discretion; vendors are not required to sell before 9:00.
WE ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS
How to use your SNAP/EBT, Debit or Credit Card
- Many vendors accept credit/debit cards, so it's a good idea to check with them first
- The markets credit card terminal is at the market information booth.
- Give your card to the market employee and tell them how much you want to spend.
- The market employee will swipe your card and have you enter your PIN or sign the receipt.
- You will receive wooden tokens that total the amount that you want to spend. Please double check that you received the correct amount of tokens. For EBT the tokens are $1 each and change can’t be given. For Debit and Credit the tokens are $5 each and change can be given.
- Spend your tokens with vendors. All vendors should accept the $5 tokens. All vendors selling acceptable items will accept the EBT $1 tokens.
- If you have tokens left when you finish your shopping, don’t worry. You can bring them back next week and use them. Tokens do not expire.
Fresh Bucks gives SNAP/EBT recipients and other eligible Washington residents easier access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Fresh Bucks is a USDA sponsored program. The Ellensburg Farmers Market offers users an added 40% for fresh fruits, fresh veggies, herbs, mushrooms and vegetable starts. A $2 Fresh Bucks coupon accompanies every $5 redeemed by SNAP/EBT recipients.