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This law regulates farmers' markets. Only non-profits may operate them, and markets must obtain a seasonal market license. Requirements include that "at least twenty-five percent (25%) of the vendors accept supplemental food vouchers (SNAP/EBT, WIC Cash Value Vouchers, and/or FMNP vouchers)." Law also provides that "[t]he Health Officer shall waive the seasonal vendor license fee...for any vendor participating in a farmers' market, which operates in a location deemed by the Health Officer to be a food desert." Additionally, it contains requirements pertaining to other licensing criteria, insurance, food safety training, use of plastic bags, etc.
See, e.g., this language: "No seasonal market license shall be issued to operate a farmers' market unless at least twenty-five percent (25%) of the vendors accept supplemental food vouchers (SNAP/EBT, WIC Cash Value Vouchers, and/or FMNP vouchers)" § 175-28(D); vendor fees may be waived for markets operating in a food desert" § 175-28(E). "Food desert" is defined as a census tract with a "substantial share of residents who live in low income areas that have low levels of access to a grocery store or healthy, affordable food retail outlets." (Definitions, § 175-18)).
See the reference to "minimum food safety requirements." §175-28 (J); waiver of fees for vendors participating in markets that are in a "food desert" area. ( § 175-28(E )).
See this language which emphasizes locally grown products: "At least fifty-five percent (55%) of the total volume of all products available for sale must be a farm product harvested or produced within three hundred (300) miles of Jersey City." § 175-28(C). Also prohibits use of plastic bags. § 175-28(K).
See references to the following: "supplemental food vouchers (SNAP/EBT, WIC Cash Value Vouchers, and/or FMNP vouchers)." § 175-28(D); and focus on food grown by locally (§ 175-28(C )).
See sections 175-20 through 175-22 which describe general licensing application process, fees, and license terms. City's Division of Health is responsible for general administration (§ 175-20 (B)); permission from Division of Park Maintenance must be sought by non-profit organizations which seek to operate a farmers' markets in a city park (§ 175-28 (F)); insurance requirements may be waived by the City's Department of Risk Management (§ 175-28 (H)); and all applications and supportind documents must be submitted to the City's Office of Cultural Affairs (§ 175-28 (I)).
Failure to obtain or renew a license to operate a market is a violation of the city code (§ 175-23 (A). For violations relating to food safety issues, licenses may be suspended or revoked (§ 175-25).
Section 175-28 is located in Chapter 175 (Food-Handling Establishments), Article III (Food Establishments). History: added March 11, 2015 by an unspecified ordinance; and on April 26, 2017 by Ord. No. 17-044.