Artisan & Prepared Foods Program

Artisan & Prepared Foods Program

As part of our mission to incubate small businesses, Pike Place Market offers an Artisan & Prepared Foods Program to local independent businesses that are not already operating within the Market.

The purpose of the Pike Place Market Artisan & Prepared Foods Program is to incubate small business food producers while driving business to Washington State farms, create public awareness of local food, and foster connections between our farmers, processors, and the general public.

Businesses in the program are supported by the Pike Place Market Farm Team and can sell on the MarketFront Plaza or at our Pike Place Express Farmers Markets throughout downtown Seattle. Food vendors that directly grow or take a significant part in the sourcing of their products are given priority during the application and screening process.

Pike Place Market is committed to highlighting diverse members of our community and strongly encourages food vendors with unique cultural products to apply to this program.

Our summer 2024 schedule is confirmed and closed.  After reviewing the qualifications of the program outlined below, if you feel you meet the program criteria interest forms will reopen on October 1, 2024 for the fall and winter season. In late October, we will evaluate the interest forms and begin outreach.



In order to qualify, any potential artisan or prepared food vendor must:

  • Have a seasonal (rotating) menu that sources the majority of distinctive ingredients (ex. fruit, berries, vegetables, and/or proteins that constitute the primary flavor of the final product) from Washington farmers.
  • Source at least 20% of all raw ingredients from Washington farms. Preference will be given to vendors sourcing the most ingredients from Washington farms. Farmers who are selling prepared foods made with their own products will receive automatic priority. All locally sourced products should be listed on the vendor’s application.
  • Have a fully developed menu.
  • Have the proper permits, licenses, and authorizations to sell products commercially in the City of Seattle.
  • Does NOT have an existing brick-and-mortar location in Seattle.


This program is currently at capacity and is not accepting new vendor applications. If you meet the criteria listed above, we welcome you to return to this site on October 1, 2024 to complete an inquiry form and begin the screening process.

Need additional resources or help with the process of opening a food business? We have several community partners, including Ventures and Food Innovation Network, who help incubate and start-up businesses.

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