I met with City Manager John Prescott and Chamber Director Steve Howe this morning, and we hammered out a draft of an itinerant merchant exemption for farmers markets that includes all our vendors. This exemption would also negate the necessity of the market applying for a “special events” license.
The draft exemption is as follows:
Sample Ordinance for Farmers Market
An open air market which conforms to all applicable city, county, state and federal health and safety provisions, including South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Department of Revenue regulations and policies. The market is intended to provide an opportunity for individuals to sell items that are locally grown or produced by them for human consumption, garden produce, farm produce, and arts and crafts. Arts and crafts are those items which are hand-made by the creator or creator’s family.
“Farm produce” is intended to cover items not already specifically covered under the “human consumption” language, such as compost and mulch and ornamental crops. Specific arts and crafts language is to avoid a “flea market” situation.
The City Manager will now run this language by the City Attorney to make sure it’s workable. If it is, we’ll be bringing this exemption language before the City Council tonight. Pending market board and vendor approval, I am prepared to support this exemption language, as is Steve Howe from the Chamber of Commerce.
The City Council will have the final say on the exemption’s adoption into city code. The first hearing will be tonight at 7pm in City Hall, 25 Center Street in Vermillion. Hope to see you there!