Become a Vendor

Join in our tradition of five generations of businesses by applying to become a market vendor. We hold a high standard for our vendors towards the mission of building a healthier, wealthier, and happier Detroit.

Feel free to review our 2020 vendor policies and procedures for future reference and please understand that market vendor spaces are subject to availability.

2020 Eastern Market Online Application

Welcome to the Eastern Market 2020 New Vendor application process. Thank you for your interest in our public market.

We are now accepting applications for NEW VENDORS for all public market days! We are excited by the growth and energy in Southeast Michigan’s food, agriculture, and small business scene, and look forward to a great 2020 public market season.

Please read the following information before starting the application process. This application is for vendors who DO NOT currently sell at Eastern Market.

Application Timeline

We will accept applications from 2/1/20 – 3/14/20 according to the following calendar:

Week 1

Submit: 2/1 – 2/7

Review: 2/14

Notifications: 3/6

Week 2

Submit: 2/8 – 2/14

Review: 2/21

Notifications: 3/13

Week 3

Submit: 2/15 – 2/21

Review: 2/28

Notifications: 3/20

Week 4

Submit: 2/22 – 2/28

Review: 3/6

Notifications: 3/27

Week 5

Submit: 2/29 – 3/6

Review: 3/13

Notifications: 4/3

Week 6

Submit: 3/7 – 3/14

Review: 3/20

Notifications: 4/17


Notification Method

We will email each applicant with notification of acceptance or denial in accordance with the calendar above.

For ACCEPTED applicants, notice of next steps will be sent by email.

For DENIED applicants, we may be able to direct you to other markets looking for vendors in your product category. Your notification will ask for your interest.


PLEASE NOTE: we are NOT accepting vendors in the following categories:

a.     Vendors producing under the Cottage Food Law

b.     Baked goods

c.     T–shirt vendors

d.    Jewelry vendors

e.     Caramel corn, elephant ears, cotton candy, and other “carnival” type foods


How To Apply To Be A Vendor

1.     Review the 2020 public market policies and procedures

2.     Fill out the online application:

a.     First, you must have a Farmspread account to apply to Eastern Market: Go to farmspread.com, click “Register”, fill out the form, and click the “Register” button. 

b.     Once you’re registered, select “Create a Vendor Profile” and fill in your business information on the next page. 

c.     Once your vendor profile is created, apply to sell at Eastern Market by going to this page. Click “Sell here” and then on the next page select “Apply to market”. Fill out the application and select “Submit application” at the bottom of the page. You’ll receive an email to confirm your submission!

3.     Submit samples, if applicable, in person to the Eastern Market Offices at 2934 Russell St, Detroit MI 48207 Monday – Friday between 8AM - 4PM. 

Your application is not considered complete and will not be considered until all required documents and attachments are received.

Become a Street Performer

We welcome street performers of all kinds to create an infectious spirit throughout our market. Performers have their opportunity to showcase their talents for thousands of visitors of all ages, ethnicities, and localities.

Rules for Street Performers

  • Street performers must be at least 12 years old.
  • A performance group should not exceed four people unless you get written permission from Eastern Market Corporation (EMC).
  • Performers requesting additional space or amplification should submit a specific request for our permission.
  • All street performers must apply in person at our office at 2934 Russell Street.

Applying to be a Street Performer

  1. Complete an application form at 2934 Russell Street and pay our one-time registration free of $5.00 (credit card, cash, check or money order made payable to Eastern Market Corporation).
  2. Street performer slots are assigned at the EMC office on the day of performance on a first-come, first-served basis for our Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday markets.
  3. If a performance slot is available, you will receive an approved performer badge, which you should bring with you whenever you perform. There is a $5.00 fine for performing without your badge.

Contact us with any questions about street performance at Eastern Market.

Welcome Center Hours

Stop in to ask a question, get maps and recipes, or present your Bridge Card to receive tokens accepted at many vendors under the sheds.

  • Saturday 6am-4pm (year-round)
  • Tuesday 9am-3pm (June-Sept.)
  • Sunday 10am-4pm (June-Sept.)

District shops and restaurants are open after shed hours. Check our directory for specifics.

1445 Adelaide, Detroit, MI 48207 (between Sheds 2 and 3)

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Detroit Kitchen Connect

Do you have a food business you'd like to get off the ground? We want to help you get there! We offer commercial kitchen space, technical assistance and workshops through our partnership with FoodLab Detroit.

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Open Saturdays Year-Round!

Thank you to the proud supporter of our winter market,  Strategic Staffing Solutions! S3's support keeps our Saturday Market running strong throughout the winter season, helping us create a healthier, wealthier, happier Detroit year-round.

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