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Nonprofits & Musicians

Please note that we are currently unable to include community outreach space or musicians/buskers in any markets.  With social distancing, it is likely these activities will be on hold for an extended time at the markets.

Community Outreach

We are normally able to provide a small amount of space for local non-profit & civic organizations to do outreach and education at our markets.  We focus on groups that are: 

  • Educating the public about sustainable farming, agriculture, local food and gardening, 
  • Directly serving the market neighborhood.
  • Providing an engaging and relevant activity for families.  
  • Increasing local fresh food access to low-income individuals and families

Examples of groups we have at our markets: Master Gardeners, Seattle Tilth & Master Composters, local food banks who partner with us in gleaning programs, SDOT, University District Partnership, Lake City Future First, Columbia City Business Association, WIC clinics distributing farmers market benefits.

Non-profits cannot fundraise or sell anything. Space is limited and we do not have room to accommodate all inquiries. Generally, orgs are given one to three spots per market per season, depending on space availability.  

Larger organizations will fall into our Sponsorship category, and are accepted on a case-by-case basis depending on the nature and purpose of the organization and our available opportunities for sponsorship. 

The NFM is non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose purpose is to support local farms.  Our markets are private events to which we welcome the public; we screen applicants for space and reserve the right to refuse space to anyone. We are not able to give space to signature-gathering, petitioning, leafleting, partisan political groups, political campaigning (although often these do happen outside the entrances to the market, and are subject to all City of Seattle rules regarding public spaces and right-of-ways).  The markets are crowded and our mission is to facilitate connections between farmers and consumers, while also maintaining safety standards under our Permits from SDOT, the Fire Marshall, the Health Department and other City entities.   


We welcome music that is upbeat, family-friendly and skillfully presented. 

We have essentially have two types of performance opportunities at our farmers markets; both play for tips:

  • Busking: performers who show up on market day and sign up for a space, if available. All buskers must sign an agreement form and give an annual per-market $15 donation to the NFM.  Buskers are not guaranteed space and will be asked to leave if they are disruptive or unsuitable for the markets. Fees are non-refundable.
  • Scheduled music: performers who are an appropriate fit for our markets may contact our office to ask about a date and time to perform under a designated 10 x 10 canopy, available on select dates/markets only. ("Appropriate" includes: moderate volume, family-friendly, enjoyable skill level, positive attitude.  Most of our markets have no access to electrical outlets; music should be acoustic.)

Several guidelines to keep in mind: music is kept at a low volume so as not to interfere with market conversations and sales (generally no drums, brass, etc); performers play for tips only; the markets do not provide any equipment. Buskers must check in with the market manager when they show up, and are given a designated spot/time to play, if available.

The NFM is non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose purpose is to support local farms and increase local food access.  Our markets are private events to which we welcome the public, and space is very limited. We are not able to accommodate all requests for space.