Your Help Is Needed for Texas Farmers’ Markets

Published June 29, 2022

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is proposing new rules that will impact your farmers’ market and farmers’ market vendors. The deadline for comments is Monday, July 11th, and we need your help to ensure that the new rules don’t create problems for our local food producers!

The proposed rules are in response to a very important bill that FARFA successfully advocated for during the last legislative session. SB 617 capped permit fees for those farmers and food producers that are required to have health department permits to sell directly to consumers at farmers’ markets. (Cottage food producers and farmers selling only raw, uncut vegetables and fruits were not impacted, as they are not required to have permits.) Instead of having to get separate permits for each market, and sometimes paying literally thousands of dollars in fees, the farmers’ market vendors are now able to get a single permit for $100 per year, which is good at any farmers’ market within a local jurisdiction.…

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