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The St. Charles County Department of Public Health does not charge or collect vendor fees. We only charge farmers market, temporary food establishment or mobile food establishment license fees. Any concerns regarding market fees or site regulations are between the vendors and the market. We do not regulate the market operation.
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A farmers market, temporary food establishment or mobile food unit license is required for vendors at farmers markets who handle, prepare or serve:
The above item list is not all-inclusive, because it would be impossible to imagine all the items that a vendor may wish to serve. Vendors unsure of whether or not serving their goods at a Farmers Market may require a license should call 636-949-1800 for assistance.
Please note that, any person engaged in the business of operating a food establishment without a license as required by the St. Charles County Food Code shall be subjected to a fine of 5 hundred dollars ($500) for each offense. Section 8-601.11.
A license is not required for vendors who serve:
The department is aware of a number of individuals who wish to prepare food and sell it at Farmers Markets. Items such as hamburgers, hot dogs, omelets, cooked rice and the like have been creeping in to some Farmers Markets. These items involve food preparation of potentially hazardous food and involve food handling during preparation. There are state and local laws regulating the source of the food being prepared, as well as how it is stored, prepared, held for sale and handled. This type of operation is no different than the food vendors and the products found at many festivals, fairs and other events throughout our county at various times of the year. Vendors interested in selling or giving away prepared items must obtain one of the following: