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Farmers Markets

As part of Minneapolis’ goal to simplify business requirements, the categories of farmers market vendors listed below will be converted to Seasonal Food Permits. This allows vendors to sell at farmers markets, civic events and community celebrations without being required to obtain multiple licenses. 

As with all events, vendors must be invited to participate in events and must be listed on the Event Food Sponsor Permit or Farmers Market Vendor List.   

Farmers and municipal markets proposed ordinance changes

As part of Minneapolis’ Business Made Simple initiative, the Health Department is proposing to eliminate several farmers market vendor categories. Those vendors would apply for a Seasonal Food PermitThe Seasonal Food Permit allows vendors to sell at farmers markets, civic events, and community celebrations without being required to obtain multiple licenses and permits. As with all events, vendors must be invited to participate and must be listed on the Event Food Sponsor Permit or Farmers Market Vendor List. 

The changes in Chapter 201 (Public Markets) and Chapter 202 (Municipal Market) , as well as 188.170 (Short Term Food Permits and Seasonal Food Permits) and 186.50 (Definitions) are to:

Send your comments on the proposed changes to health@minneapolismn.gov.

Do I need a City permit or State license?

Vendors who sell only in Minneapolis:

Vendors who sell in Minneapolis and other areas of the state are currently licensed either by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) as a Retail Mobile Food Handler or by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) as a Mobile Food Unit.

Seasonal Food Permit

A Seasonal Food Permit allows a vendor to sell or give away food and/or drink at multiple licensed civic events, community celebrations and farmers markets throughout the year.

A maximum of two stands are allowed to operate under each permit per event.

Vendors

In 2016, these farmers market categories were discontinued and converted to Seasonal Food Permits:

Vendors who applied for one of the discontinued licenses or renewed their license under one of these categories will automatically be converted to a Seasonal Food Permit.

For more information visit www.minneapolismn.gov/CivicEvents

Scroll down to Frequently Asked Questions by vendors 

Exempt from licensing

2015

2016

SeasonalMinneapolis - Seasonal Food Permit
Food Market DistributorMinneapolis - Seasonal Food Permit
Food Market ManufacturerMinneapolis - Seasonal Food Permit
Farm ProcessorMinneapolis - Seasonal Food Permit
Wild HarvesterMinneapolis - Seasonal Food Permit
Registered Cottage Food VendorRegister with MN Dept of Agriculture and Market Manager
Registered Poultry ProcessorRegister with MN Dept of Agriculture and Market Manager
Product of the Farm (grower/farmer)Register with Market Manager
Meat ProcessorRegister with Market Manager
Agricultural ProducerRegister with Market Manager
Food Sampling/DemoRegister with Market Manager

 Public Market license

Opening or operating a farmers' market in Minneapolis requires an approval and licensing. There are different types of Farmers Market licenses/permits depending on the type of market the applicant wants to operate.

Public Market is a defined place regulated by the city for the selling and buying of farm products and other market related products. The three (3) categories of recognized and licensed public markets include:

  1. Farmers markets

  2. Mini markets

  3. Produce and craft markets

A Municipal Market is a city-owned and regulated market for the selling and buying of farm products and other market related products.

Cottage Food Bill

Cottage Food vendors are required to register with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). 

For more information, please visit the MDA website: 
(http://www.mda.state.mn.us/licensing/licensetypes/cottagefood.aspx)

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Last updated Mar 22, 2017

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