Vendor Resources

Information for Vendors

The Cochrane Farmers’ Market is committed to assisting our vendors on the road to success. Providing quick access to resources that increase knowledge and skill level is one of the many ways we can help vendors become the best they can be. Check back frequently, new resources will be added on a regular basis. Are we missing anything? Perhaps a great resource that you’ve discovered? Let us know!

Links to Alberta Health Services (AHS) Publications

Information for Farmers’ Market Managers and Stallholders:  this publication outlines Alberta Health Services requirements for vendors selling food products at Approved Farmers’ Markets

Home Study for Farmers’ Market:  all food vendors must be certified for the handling of food, successful completion of the online home study course is acceptable for those selling at an Alberta Approved Farmers’ Market.

Food Safety Checklist for Vendors:  checklist to help keep food sold through Alberta Approved Farmers’ Markets safe.

NEW! Low-risk Home-prepared food:  Information  |   Fact sheet for Operators

Canadian Food Inspection Agency Food Labelling Tool – food labelling information for industry.

Temporary Handwashing Stations:  this publication provides criteria for acceptable handwashing stations.

How to label Allergens on your food product: if you are selling a packaged food that contains any priority food allergens, gluten sources or added sulphites, then your product likely requires allergen labelling.

The Cochrane Farmers’ Market strongly recommends ALL vendors to carry liability insurance. Starting in June of 2023, all Full Time vendors at the summer Market by the Bow will be required to have insurance.

Insurance Options:

Alberta Farmers’ Market Association (AFMA) Members –  group rate vendor insurance is available as a membership benefit, AFMA members can obtain liability insurance through Duuo Insurance. Single day coverage begins at just $12 and Multi-Day Flex Policies are available for as low as $1.25 /day. Multi-Day Flex Policies covers vendors for multiple nonconsecutive days while having the freedom to exhibit at any event in the province – an option available exclusively through a valid AFMA membership.

Not an AFMA Member?  Vendors that are not AFMA members can still purchase insurance from Duuo Insurance at non-group rates. Refer to this LINK for information. Email if you require clarification or require additional information about the process or policy.

General Information for Farmers’ Market Vendors

How to be a Farmers’ Market Vendor: tips on how to be a vendor

Coming Soon!


YouTube: Farmers’ Market Merchandising (7 videos) a series of tips for farmers’ market newcomers, including naming your business, creating an experience and displaying bok choy. Starring Jennifer Berkenbosch of Sundog Organic Farm