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Farmers’ Market Food Safety Inspections

Peterborough Public Health (PPH) is mandated by provincial legislation to perform food safety inspections of all farmers’ market food vendors within our jurisdiction. The purpose of these inspections is to prevent or reduce cases of food-borne illness.

Farmers’ Market Coordinator Application Forms

Each farmers’ market will assign a coordinator to collect and forward information to Peterborough Public Health.

Step 1: Fill out the Vendor List

Step 2: Fill out the Information and Assessment Form 

Step 3: Print, sign and submit the completed forms (above) by fax, email, mail or in person to PPH.

Fax: (705) 743-1203

Email: info@peterboroughpublichealth.ca

Address: 185 King Street, Peterborough, ON K9J 2R8

Farmers’ Market Exemption

Some farmers’ markets may be exempt from the requirements of the Ontario Food Premises Regulation, 493/17. This exemption applies if more than 50% of the vendors are producers of farm products who are primarily selling their own farm products intended for use as food.

(www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/170493)

PPH will request initial verification from each farmers’ market operator or agent of the farmers’ market, to assess, whether an exemption applies. This assessment should be based on the anticipated peak of the farmers’ market operation and based on the best available information provided by the market operator.

www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/oph_standards/docs/reference/food_premise_reference_document_2019_en.pdf

This assessment must consider all vendors including non-food vendors/stalls.

www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/oph_standards/docs/protocols_guidelines/Operational_Approaches_For_Food_Safety_Guideline_2019_en.pdf

Food Safety at Farmers’ Markets

Food safety inspections must be performed at all farmers’ markets whether or not the Ontario Food Premises Regulation exemption status applies.

In cases where the Ontario Food Premises Regulation does not apply, food safety inspections are conducted under the authority of the Health Protection and Promotion Act. (www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/90h07)

For more information about local Farmers’ Markets food safety inspections, please click here.

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COVID-19 Precautions

If a Farmers’ Market within Peterborough City or County wishes to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic, they must submit the following applications before opening to the public:

  1. A customized COVID-19 Action Plan (found here).
  2. An updated vendor list and assessment form (found here).

These forms and any questions should be submitted at least two weeks prior to market opening to mfaris@peterboroughpublichealth.ca

Farmers’ Market operators must be aware that though their Farmers’ Market may be able to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic, they will not be able to operate as they normally would.  Items that can be sold will be restricted, as will the social activities typical of a Farmers’ Market.

Farmers’ Markets – Miscellaneous Information

Restricted Products

Some items are never allowed to be sold at any farmers’ market, including:

Food Labelling and Signage Requirements at Farmers’ Markets

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) enforces the legislation surrounding proper labelling and signage requirements for farm products.

www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/food/inspection/fruitveg/sellingfruitsvegs.htm

To report concerns regarding improper labelling of farm products, please contact OMAFRA.

www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/food/inspection/illegalactivities.htm