Winnebago County Health Department

Farmers' Markets

Farmers' Markets

Farmers' markets are one of the most exciting trends in America's food system. Go downtown in almost any town or city in America during the summer and you will see signs for the local farmers' market. Talk with any public official interested in providing fresh, nutritious food to inner city residents and farmers' markets will be mentioned. Farmer's markets are important because they give local farmers the chance to sell food they raise directly to customers; they allow consumers to buy fresh food from the farmers who raise it; they help create new farms and food businesses; they provide communities ways to create excitement and acitivity in downtown and neighborhoods; and most importantly, they give us the opportunity to think about what goes into producing our food supply. These reasons explain why farmers' markets are one of the fastest growing forms of farm marketing in our nation.

Because farm markets are increasingly popular for consumers and communities, they are becoming important economic outlets for many farmers. It is important to understand what rules might apply to determine what products can be sold. Regardless of their size or complexity, there are fundamental issues all farmer's markets must address.  As markets become more important - - both for farmers and consumers - - the operational issues can become complicated. Although farmer's markets are based on relatively simple and straightforward transactions between farmers and consumers, concerns such as food safety and liability (such as proper labeling) can pose difficult issues. The Winnebago County Health Dept. is available to work with individual vendors to minimize public health risks.

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Permit Fees

Farm Market Permit Fee
$110.00
This permit covers all vendors with fruits, vegetables and pre-packaged seeds and nuts participating in the Market.   (4+-8 month length of operation)
Individual Vendor Permit Upgrade Fee
$55.00
This individual upgrade fee includes, but is not limited to vendors who sell baked goods, potentially hazardous foods requiring refrigeration (such as meats and eggs), sampling of potentially hazardous foods and preparation of potentially hazardous foods on site. (1-4 month length of operation)

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To view the detailed Requirements for the 2013 Farmers' Markets 

Click here to download the Farm Market Food Permit Application