Farmers’ Markets

Policy

Category: Food Safety
Subject: Farmers’ Markets
Division: N/A
Policy Number: CA.80.01.113
Effective Date: June 30, 2011

POLICY STATEMENT

It is the policy of the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, Health Protection Division to inspect farmers’ markets to ensure that any food offered to the public is transported, displayed, prepared, stored and served in a manner consistent with public health practices.  For farmers’ markets, greater than 50% of the total number of vendors must be producers of farm products who are primarily selling or offering for sale their own products for the entire market to be exempt from Ontario Food Premises Regulation 562/90.

A farmers’ market is defined as a central location at which a group of persons who operate stalls or other food premises meet to sell or offer for sale to consumers products that include without being restricted to, farm products, baked goods and preserved foods, and at which the majority of the persons operating the stalls or other food premises are producers of farm products who are primarily selling of offering for sale their own products.

 

REFERENCES AND RELATED FORMS, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

CA.80.02.113  Farmers’ Markets

APPROVED BY

Rob Thompson


Procedure

Category: Food Safety
Subject: Farmers’ Markets
Division: N/A
Procedure Number: CA.80.02.113
Effective Date: June 30, 2011

PROCEDURE

  1. Initiate contact with Farmers’ Market Coordinator and provide the HPDFS(F)2 60 Vendor List Form days prior to market opening date.  The Market Coordinator will return the completed Vendor List from to the Public Health Inspector (PHI) at least 30 days prior to the market opening.
  2. The PHI has to determine the type of farmers’ market.  Farmers’ markets are either non-exempt or exempt. The PHI will assess the market to determine if the food premise meets the requirements for exemption as Farmers’ Markets under Ontario Food Premises Regulation 562 of R.R.O. 1990 or not.
Non-exempt Farmers’ Markets:
  1. The PHI shall provide the fact sheet, HPDFS(FS)30 Health Requirements for Food Vendors at Public Markets, to each vendor and each vendor is to complete the HPDFS(F)7  Food Vendor Application Form and then submit the form to WDGPH no later than 30 days prior to the market opening date.
  2. The PHI shall inspect the market using the Ontario Food Premises Regulation.
Exempt Farmers’ Markets:
  1. The PHI shall carry out a hazard assessment and education.  Ontario Food Premises Regulation 562 does not apply.  Assessments are conducted under the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA).
  2. On-site assessment of the Farmers’ Market shall be conducted twice a year for year-round markets and once a year for seasonal Farmers’ Markets.
  3. The PHI shall provide food safety information to Farmers’ Market food vendors.

REFERENCES AND RELATED FORMS, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

CA.80.01.113  Farmers’ Markets
Ontario Food Premises Regulation 562 of R.R.O. 1990
Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA)

APPROVED BY

Rob Thompson