Woodford County Temporary Food Permits and Farmers Market Guidelines
The Woodford County Health Department would like to remind residents when planning an event (ex: festival, benefit, fundraiser, community dinner, or open house), a temporary food permit is needed in order to serve food and/or drinks to the public. For public health safety reasons, public events where food and drink is prepared or served must be inspected and licensed by the Woodford County Health Department. A temporary food or drink permit must be obtained prior to opening for business.
The cost of a single-use, up to 14-day continuous event, food or drink permit is $45.00; a multiple-use temporary food or drink permit is $55.00. There is no charge for not-for-profit organizations. Any temporary food or drink permit issued last calendar year has expired and requires a new permit.
Additionally, if an individual is preparing food or drink to sell at a farmers market, there are specific guidelines to follow by law. For public health safety reasons, vendors are required to meet certain conditions for their food products to be sold at farmers markets. Some of these conditions include, foods (ex: baked goods, preserves, dry herbs or teas) must be safe for human consumption and sold only at a farmers market. The seller may not make more than $25,000 per year in sales. A placard must be posted that states “This product was produced in a home kitchen not subject to public health inspection that may also process common food allergens.” In addition, the vendor must have active and current IL Food Service Sanitation Manager (FSSM) certification and registration. Further guidelines can be found in the Illinois Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act.
For more information about temporary food permits or selling food products at famers markets, please call Woodford County Health Department at (309) 467-3064.