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Food Vendor Requirements

To sell food at the Fernie Mountain Market you must email us the following documents prior to attending the Market:

  • A list of foods being sold
  • Temporary Food Market letter of confirmation or copy of your Permit/Licence – if selling high-risk foods

and ensure that:

  • Food handlers observe good personal hygiene
  • Food products should be protected from sources of contamination at all times
  • Display cases, counters, and shelves are made from easily cleanable material, maintained in good condition and cleaned as often as necessary.
  • A satisfactory means of cleaning hands and utensils is provided including running water, soap in a dispenser and paper towels should be provided.
Please review the Guidelines Sale of Foods at Temporary Food Markets document if you are considering selling food at the Mountain Market

The Guidelines for the Sale of Foods at Temporary Food Markets were released in 2007 as a result of consultation with BC Centre for Disease Control, BC Regional Health Authorities and BC Association of Farmers’ Markets. This document addresses food preparation for sale at temporary food markets (aka. farmers markets), food sale guidelines, the responsibility of Market Managers and the applicable forms.

Included below are a few of the main point of this document, for more details please read the full document.

All food vendors selling high risk foods must obtain approval from the local Health Authority’s Environmental Health Officer. before being able to sell at the Mountain Market. The Health Authority will issue a letter of acceptance for an approved application.

Generally applications should be submitted to at least 30 days prior to commencement of the market/sales [Our nearest Health Inspection Office is located at 20 – 23rd Avenue South Cranbrook, BC V1C 5V1, Phone: (250) 420-2220, Fax: (250) 420-2295. Gordon Mosley.

NOTE: Vendors who sell ONLY fresh whole fruits and vegetables (no sampling) are not required to submit an application, and do not require a letter of acceptance, but must still follow food sales guidelines.

Food Sales
Food products should be protected from sources of contamination at all times, including contact by pets, during storage and display at the market. A satisfactory means of cleaning hands and utensils need to be provided.

Food Safe
The Mountain Market recommends that all food vendors complete the FOODSAFE Level 1 program. This course covers safe food handling techniques and includes microbiology, food-borne illness, personal hygiene, receiving, storing, serving and dispensing food, food protection, preparation and diswashing. Course graduates receive a Level 1 certificate from Interior Health, it is required by the Ministry of Health to work in the food service industry. The course is offered at College of the Rockies for around $70 and includes manual or you can also take the course online for $115 in 8 hours.

Market Safe
MarketSafe is a food safety training program for farmers and producers who make, bake or grow products to sell at local farmers’ markets, farm gates or other types of temporary food markets. MarketSafe was developed by the BC FOODSAFE Secretariat in partnership with the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets, and is supported by the Regional Health Authorities, the BC Centre for Disease Control, and the BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands. You can take the Market Safe course online for $68.50 in just 6 hours.

The Interior Health Authority is the regulating body for food safety in our region.

Have questions?  Our IHA Environmental Health Officer, Patricia Rock is incredibly helpful. She may be reached via email at or phone 250-420-2259