About Imperial Farmers Market of Sugar Land

We welcome your interest in Imperial Farmers Market!  The market was established seven years ago on the grounds of the historic Imperial Sugar complex, and it is the longest running outdoor market in the Sugar Land area.  We are pleased to provide a venue for small, local businesses and a meeting ground for people who want to shop fresh, local products in a fun and inviting atmosphere. 

Wondering what the market is like on a Saturday? View our Photo Gallery or come visit us out at Imperial, every Saturday, year-round, from 9am to 1pm... rain or shine!

 Information for Potential Vendors

Important information regarding our market

While the market is open all year, our busiest time is spring and summer.  The market gives priority to farmers, ranchers, and prepared foods.  Local artisans and community promotions are highlighted at the market, as space allows.  With a few exceptions, if a business concept is already established at the market, there will be a "hold" in that vendor category.  We do, however, encourage everyone to fill out an application, as we are always looking for unique additions to the market! There is a $20 application fee for all FOOD vendors that do not fall under the Texas Cottage Industry law. 

Submitted applications are kept on file for one year.  Applications are reviewed by a committee of stakeholders, as needed.  Reponse times to submitted applications can vary, but applications generally take 7-10 days for review.  We encourage potential food vendors to closely review state and local laws related to their business ventures before requesting participation in the market.  Imperial Farmers Market is proud to showcase new businesses, however, our staff cannot provide consulting services for business ideas.

For application status inquiries or specific questions regarding the application process, please visit us at the market.   Staff members are available, on location, to answer general questions every Saturday 9am-1pm at Imperial Farmers Market.

10x10 space is available for $25 per market, paid by cash, check, or credit card on market day.  

Documents Needed

PERMITS NEEDED BY TYPE OF BUSINESS:

AGRICULTURAL

Produce, and fruits (Food Manufacturers Permit, Food Handlers Permit, Sugar Land Temporary Food Permit)

Fresh Herbs (Nursery/ Floral Certificate, Sugar Land Temporary Food Permit)

Honey, Olive Oil, Vinegar (Food Manufacturers Permit, Food Handlers Permit, Sugar Land Temporary Food Permit)

Meats, Poultry, Seafood, Eggs (Food Manufacturers Permit, Food Handlers Permit, Sugar Land Temporary Food Permit)

Dairy (Food Manufacturers Permit, Dairy Products Processor Permit, Retail Raw Dairy, Food Handlers Permit, Sugar Land Temporary Food Permit)

PROCESSED FOODS

fermented drinks, salsa, vinegar, oils, syrups, sauces (Kitchen Permit, Kitchen Permit Lease Agreement -if applicable, Food Manufacturer Permit, Food Handlers Permit, Sugar Land Temporary Food Permit)

PREPARED FOOD/ RESTAURANT

Foods brought to the market AND food prepared/cooked at the market  (Kitchen Permit, Kitchen Permit Lease Agreement - if applicable, Food Manufacturer Permit, and Food Handlers Permit, Sugar Land Temporary Food Permit)

BAKERY

Baked breads, etc.  (Kitchen Permit, Kitchen Permit Lease Agreement- if applicable, Food Handlers Permit, Sugar Land Temporary Food Permit)

TEXAS COTTAGE INDUSTRY (House Bill 970)

Bakery, Candy, Nuts, Fruit Butters, Fruit Pies, Dehydrated Fruits and Vegetables, Popcorn, Cereals, Dry Mixes, Vinegar, Mustard, Pickles, Jams, Jellies, Coffee, Tea, Dried Herbs (Food Handlers License, Copy of Labels in compliance with HB970, Sugar Land Temporary Food Permit)

Resource Links

Farmers Market Guidelines

DBA in Fort Bend County

The Governor's Small Business Handbook

Texas Cottage Law

City of Sugar Land Temporary Food Permit

Texas Department of Agriculture - Permits

Texas Department of State and Health Services - Permits

Texas Food Manufacturers Permit Information

Approved List of Food Handlers Permit Training Programs

Participant Application

Vendors interested in participating, please complete the form below.  

By submitting this application, I certify that the information contained in the application hereunder is correct to the best of my knowledge.  Additionally, I certify I have a valid business licence and tax id number for the services and/or products I will provide at Imperial Farmers Market, and can provide documentation to the market manager, if requested.

Once you submit your application, please email necessary documents in one email to: vendorfmi@gmail.com.  Please title your email with your business name.  (ex:  Documents for Big Creek Farms)  Thank you!

Owned    Rented    Other, explain:
  • Vegetables/Fruits
  • Seafood
  • Meats
  • Dairy
  • Eggs
  • Plant or Agricultural Products
  • Baked Goods
  • Processed Foods
  • Ready-To-Eat Foods
  • Other (Please Specify)
Agriculture:
  • Vegetables (List Type Below)
  • Fruits (List Type Below)
  • Honey
  • Cut Flowers
  • Dried Flowers
  • Bedding Plants
  • Potted Plants
  • Dried/Fresh Herbs
  • Potted Herbs
  • Ornamental Corn
  • Gourds
  • Meat
  • Seafood
  • Eggs
  • Dairy Products
  • Poultry
  • Other Agricultural Products
Specify: Processed Foods:
  • Coffee
  • Teas
  • Cider
  • Jellies
  • Jams
  • Salsa
  • Vinegar
  • Olives
  • Olive Oils
  • Syrup
  • Pickles
  • Other
Specify: Baked Goods: (Specify in Detail): Prepared Foods: Ready to Eat at the Market Such As Sandwiches (Specify): Art & Crafts (Specify in Detail): High Quality Items Designed and Executed by the Vendor. All Potential Art and Craft Vendors Must Present Samples (Photographs or Actual Samples) of Their Work for Review by the the Fmi Committee. Arts and Craft Vendors May Be Limited to Participation in the Market in a Week on Week off Manner.

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