Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I become a vendor at one of Alchemist's farmers' markets?

You can find the vendor application and more information at this link.

I have a food business or want to start one. How do I get involved in your food business entrepreneurship program?

The first step is to apply for the Alchemist Microenterprise Academy (AMA), which offers a 12 week session every spring and fall. You can sign up to be notified when applications next open.

Graduating from AMA is the primary requirement to apply for our Alchemist Kitchen Incubator Program, which provides you with preferential placement in our commissary kitchen and will eventually be essential for participation in the forthcoming Alchemist Public Market project.

How can I get involved as a volunteer?

Take a look at our Volunteer page for more information and to learn how to contact us with interest.

I am new to shopping at farmers' markets. Where can I learn more?

We put together a helpful guide with advice on shopping at local farmers’ markets as well as a map and table of all the markets in the region.

Why aren't pets allowed at the farmers' market? Another market allows them.

We love dogs and all animals, but California law does not allow them to join you at the farmers’ market unless they are service animals. California Health & Safety Code 114259.5 stipulates that live animals aren’t allowed in Certified Farmers’ Markets and permitted food facilities, with the exception of service animals. Fraudulently misrepresenting service animals is a misdemeanor (California Penal Code 365.7 [a]).

If another market allowed pets, we cannot speak for them. It may be that their market staff was busy and unable to respond to pets coming into the market. It may be that service animals were at the market without any identifying markings and were mistaken for pets. It may be that the market is not abiding by the law. We are responsible for our own markets and to the regular health inspections that ensure our compliance with the law.