Tue February 14, 2012
County health director proposes longer farmers' market permits
St. Louis County is considering changing farmers’ markets ordinances to make it easier for food venders to do business. Instead of a $35 permit which lasts two weeks, the new permits would last seven-months, and cost $75.
St. Louis County Health Department Director Dolores Gunn says the seven-month length – as opposed to a year – is intended to prevent abuses of the system.
“My issue is where you have a situation where you have someone who’s using a waffle iron or couple of hot skillets for the public – year round," she said, "without any permanent indoor plumbing, no way to truly wash their hands, and no running water. That is a concern. You have crossed over; you are a food establishment.”
Each additional permit for vendors wishing to operate at multiple sites would cost $50. Permit fees would be capped annually at $193. The County Council is expected to vote on the proposed changes before the farmers' market season begins this April.