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Prepared and Packaged Foods

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, April 28, 2016.  5:00 pm.

Selected Vendors will start July 1, 2016

March 7, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
April 7, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
(location listed in the RFP materials page 3)

The City of Santa Monica, is inviting applications from qualified persons or organizations interested in providing Prepared and/or Pre-packaged Food Services at the Santa Monica Certified Farmers Markets.  Vendors will be selected for either on-going or seasonal services.  On-going vendors will be awarded an initial term of one to three (1-3) years and seasonal vendors will be awarded an initial term of one (1) day to three (3) months to be negotiated.

The Santa Monica Farmers Markets require all prepared and packaged food vendors to produce their products in a Certified Commercial Kitchen and do not accept Cottage Food Operations. Additionally, All farmers market vendors are responsible for compliance with the Health Code Requirements for Community Events in LA County.

(Note:  Only farmers are admitted to sell processed agricultural products such as cheese, oils, olives, juices, jams, nuts and pickles)

Markets Accepting Applications

  Market Location

  Prepared and pre-packaged food booths

  Wednesday Downtown

  No spaces available in 2016

  Saturday Downtown

  No spaces available in 2016

  Saturday Pico

  Up to 300 square feet (1-3 vendors)

  Sunday Main Street *

  Up to 400 square feet (2-4 vendors)


  Market Location

  Business Located in Santa Monica

  Businesses Located Outside Santa Monica

  Saturday VAP

10 x 10 = $75

10 x 20 = $100

10 x 10 = $100

10 x 20 = $125

  Sunday MST

10 x 10 = $100

10 x 20 = $125

10 x 10 = $125

10 x 20 = $175

In addition to the stall fees each SMFMs vendor shall pay a legislative fee of $2.00 for each market attended.  These cumulative fees are then remitted to the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) on a quarterly basis.  The CDFA utilizes these fees to administer and regulate CFM’s throughout the state.

How to Apply

The website for this RFP and related documents is:

Planet Bids or All project correspondence will be posted on the Planet Bids website. It is the responsibility of Applicants to check the website regularly for information updates and RFP clarifications, as well as any RFP addenda.

          1.  Complete the New Vendor Registration

2.  Log into your account.  If you have forgotten your credentials, click on “forgot password” to reset the password and instructions will be sent to your email.  If you still need help after attempting to reset your password, please call Planet Bids Customer Service at 818-992-1771.
3.  Find and open the bid.  Project Title:  RFP Farmers Market Prepared and Pre-Packaged Food, invitation #3-1-16
4.  At the top of the screen select tab for “Documents/Attachments”
5.  View or Download the RFP Document and Exhibits.
6.  Print only the necessary pages, some of the Exhibits are over 50 pages long and may be reviewed without printing.
7.  Attend one of the two MANDATORY scheduled Pre-Submittal Meetings.  In these meetings Farmers Market staff will give a brief presentation, review the application materials and answer any questions about the application and selection process.
      March 7, 10:00 am – 11:00 am (location listed in the RFP materials page 3)
      April 7, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (location listed in the RFP materials page 3)

City Contact

The City has designated Jodi Low, as its contact (the “City Contact”) for this request for proposals (this “RFP”). The City Contact’s information is listed below:


Jodi Low, Farmers Market Coordinator II
City of Santa Monica Farmers Markets
1901 Main Street, Ste. F
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Telephone: (310) 458-8712 x 5
Fax Number: (310) 391-9996

Office Hours:

Monday through Thursday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Any inquiries or requests regarding this procurement should be submitted to the City Contact in writing.  Applicants may contact ONLY the City Contact regarding this solicitation.  Other City officers, agents, employees or representatives do not have authority to respond on behalf of the City.  Contact with unauthorized City personnel during the selection process may result in disqualification.


Last updated: 3/2/2016

Market Schedule

Open Rain or Shine

Market Closures

Saturday Downtown 11-26-16
Sunday 12-25-16
Sunday 01-01-17

Wednesday Downtown

Arizona Avenue
(between 4th & Ocean)
8:30am - 1:30pm

Saturday Downtown

Arizona Avenue
(between 4th and 2nd Streets)
8:30am - 1:00pm

Saturday Pico

2200 Virginia Avenue
(Pico Blvd. @ Cloverfield Blvd.)
8:00am - 1:00pm

Sunday Main St.

2640 Main Street
(in Heritage Square)


Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB)!

We Accept


Market Match
No animals are allowed in Farmers Markets (CRFC 114371(d))

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