FWFM has successfully grown each year and it’s a direct reflection of the commitment by our vendors, volunteers and staff. Through the years community event organizers have counted on us to assist them to establish new farm markets, find vendors and provide insightful knowledge to help them find the path for their events. We want to see our vendors succeed and grow and this sometimes means sharing of opportunities outside the events we host. It’s important for the FWFM to stand behind the vendors and help them along the way. While they have done all of the work, we have been there to support them along the way.
services, and what sets FWFM apart from other area markets
We operate the only 52 week a year farmers market in the area
FWFM offers year round, budget friendly and reduced rates. These are offered for your dedication to the local consumers, to made in 4 easy payments.
Bonus: If you are not able to be at an indoor market and give us a weeks notice then we will give you $15 back in market bucks if we can fill your spot.
FWFM joined Greater Fort Wayne in September 2018. Full time vendors can join Greater Fort Wayne at a drastically reduced rate and take advantage of business networking opportunities and have a business listing on there website also. Greater Fort Wayne will invite you to meetings, social events and more.
FWFM has negotiated with the national ServSafe organization for vendors to receive tests at discounted rates.
We insure that the market we build is not only customer friendly but also diverse in its product lines. We achieve this by limiting vendors in each category.
Have 2 paid staff and 6 volunteers that continually work together for the best possible experience for the customer and vendor.
We are here to help you prepare your business to succeed
Work with first time applicants, to walk them through several processes to make sure they are personally and professionally ready.
Guide each small business and the local Board of Health to assist the vendors are product ready; Packaging, Label and verbiage are key to a successful experience.
Offer the most in depth information gathered in one place for businesses to learn to proper market themselves to consumers and laws that cover their specific product. Such as labeling, Insurance, Requirements, etc. Read more here
Walk you through different rules and regulations to help you, as a vendor gain a better understanding of the FDA, USDA, IRS and any other state or local agency their business jurisdiction falls under.
Locate commercial kitchens that suit their business needs.
Point vendors in the direction to obtain more exposure and to be given more opportunities and exposure across the state.
Notify you of grants to further production with our agricultural partners, Purdue and ISDA as we learn of them.
Communicate class/seminars being given by our partners in the community to assist in your growth.
website and Marketing Tools
Each vendor has their own web page on our website to help gain exposure. The vendor’s page a picture and description, has all their phone number, social media and website. We place at the bottom of the vendors webpage a direct email link, this means the customer has a direct link to your business without further searching on their part.
We inspect every farm, take pictures and promote them on social media.
FWFM will assist vendors in building Facebook pages, offer guidance with Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites.
We try to provide google analytic stats on our customers and how it relates to each vendor to better serve them in developing their customer base.
FWFM is looking to offer classes & guidance on social media/marketing.
How we evaluate the applying vendors for each market season:
Active Social Media
Active Internet Presence
Years in Business
Years with our market
past attitude, attendance and communication
Do you vend with us year round