Farmers Markets

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The Texas Department of State Health Services defines a Farmer's Market as "aMarket Picture designated location used primarily for the distribution and sale of food directly to consumers by farmers and other producers."

Application:

Farmers Market Application


Common Farmer's Market Questions:

May I provide/distribute samples at a farmers’ market? 
Yes.

To provide samples of food at a farm or farmers’ market, you must: 

  • Distribute the samples in a sanitary manner 
  • Have potable water available
  • Wash any produce intended for sampling with potable water to remove any visible dirt or contamination
  • When preparing the samples, either wear clean, disposable plastic gloves or observe proper hand washing techniques immediately before preparation; 
  • Use smooth, nonabsorbent, and easily cleaned (i.e. metal or plastic) utensils and cutting surfaces for cutting samples, or use disposable utensils and cutting surfaces; 
  • Samples of cut produce and other potentially hazardous foods shall be maintained at a temperature of 41°F or below and discarded within two hours after cutting or preparation. 

Can raw milk be sold at a farmers’ market?Bulldog Eating Treat
No.

Raw milk cannot be sold at a farmers’ market.

Can a cottage food production operation sell food at a farmers’ market? 
Yes.

Foods produced at a cottage food production operation (CFPO) may be sold at farmers' market The CFPO must comply with the guidelines as required in the law concerning Cottage Food Production Operations.

Can I sell yard eggs at a farmers’ market?
Yes.

To sell farm eggs at a farmers' market the following is required: 

  • You must have a temporary food establishment license; and 
  • Eggs must be maintained at an ambient air temperature of 45°F and below; and 
  • Eggs must be properly labeled as "ungraded" with safe handling instructions.

May I sell honey at a farmers' market? Market Picture

Yes.

Honey may be sold at a farmer’s market.  In order to sell honey as food in Texas, you will need to follow the rules for Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) 25 TAC §§229.210-229.222 and obtain a food manufacturing license.

Also, a small honey production operation may sell honey directly to consumers at the beekeeper’s home, a farmer’s market, a farm stand, or a municipal, county, or nonprofit fair, festival or event according the Health and Safety Code Chapter 437, Section 437.001(7).  The honey sold or dispensed must be labeled in accordance with Sub-chapter E, Chapter 131, Agriculture Code.  The label must include:  the net weight of the honey expressed in both the avoirdupois and metric systems; the beekeeper’s name and address; and the statement, “Bottled or packaged in a facility not inspected by the Texas Department of State Health Services.”

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