Farmers Market Permits & Information

All vendors who operate at markets in Greene County, regardless of the type of foods offered, must follow the general farmers market requirements and sampling guidelines (PDF).

If a vendor intends to sample or prepare whole portions of their food items, that vendor must obtain a farmers market permit. This farmers market permit is valid for 1 calendar year and has a permit fee of $102.00. This permit fee is prorated based on when the vendor submits the application and payment to obtain the permit during the calendar year or the "season" of their crop/produce. Permitted vendors will receive 2 routine unannounced inspections for the duration of their permit. All unannounced inspections will be filed and uploaded to the Springfield-Greene County Health Department website.  This farmers market permit is specific to farmers markets in Greene County.  Preparing food at temporary food events outside of the farmers market will require a temporary food permit.

If vendors do not intend to prepare samples or whole portions of food at the market, and only wish to sell their produce or baked items whole, it is NOT necessary for the vendor to obtain a Farmers Market permit. If vendors are selling non-potentially hazardous foods prepared at home (baked goods, jams, jellies, etc.) they will be required to post a consumer advisory at their booth at the market in plain sight for all customers to see.  Preparing food includes, but is not limited to; cutting, mixing, cooking, cooling, chopping, portioning, or otherwise offering in a ready to eat form (1 whole fruit or vegetable).

Farmers Market Permit

The farmers market permit (PDF) is only required for vendors who wish to prepare food at the market and offer it to their customers as either a sample or a whole portion. This farmers market permit is valid for one calendar year and allows the vendor to either sample their product in small bite-size portions or prepare and serve whole portions only at farmers markets.

All permitted vendors will receive 2 routine inspections. These inspections will be unannounced, and will focus on ensuring the vendor is implementing and executing basic food safety practices with respect to their food items. Again, all unannounced inspections will be filed and uploaded to the Springfield-Greene County Health Department website.

Basic food safety practices that must be observed are: handwashing, glove/utensil use with read-to-eat food, mechanical refrigeration (cold holding), mechanical heat source (hot holding), time control policy and documentation (if utilized), wash/rinse/sanitize (provided by market manager), and adequate fly control measures.

If you wish to utilize time as a control for potentially hazardous foods, you will be required to have a formal time control policy as well as a time/temperature log to document times and temperatures of these food items for immediate consumption. This is allowed only for ready-to-eat foods for immediate consumption at the market.

This farmers market permit is valid for use at all farmers markets in Greene County. Additionally, vendors must comply with all applicable city codes with respect to tent use and open flames.

Vendors who wish to sell their eggs, meat, or sprouts must apply for a Retail Food Vendor Permit. This permit is issued only once and does not expire. Furthermore, there is no fee associated with this permit and the vendor is NOT required to attend the Farmers Market Food Safety Class. Egg dealers must have a Dealer's and Retailer's license from the Department of Agriculture Weights and Measures.  The eggs must be held at 41F or less using mechanical refrigeration.  Cartons must be properly labeled.
 
Again, if vendors do not intend to prepare samples or whole portions of food at the market, and only wish to sell their produce or baked items whole, it is NOT necessary for the vendor to obtain a Farmers Market permit. Preparing food includes, but is not limited to; cutting, mixing, cooking, cooling, chopping, portioning, or otherwise offering in a ready to eat form (1 whole fruit or vegetable).

Farmers Market Food Safety Class

It is highly recommended for food vendors preparing food at the event to attend our Farmers Market Food Safety Class to review what will be required of them during food preparation and service at their respective markets. The course is offered free of charge. Class sizes are limited to 25.

Upcoming class dates and registration information for the Farmers Market Food Safety Class is available here. Please note: The Farmers Market Food Safety Class is separate and distinct from the regular Food Handlers Safety Class. As the year progresses from June to December, we typically stop offering the Farmers Market Food Safety Class, due lack of attendance. Please contact your Farmers Market Manager to recruit a group of vendors interested in taking this class. We prefer to offer this class to groups of vendors rather than individuals as they express interest.

More Information

If you have questions about the farmers market permits or vendor requirements, contact the Environmental Health Division staff at (417) 864-1017.