Raw fish and other seafood – “one of the highest-risk” products, code compliance director Brandon Bennett told council members Tuesday -- and raw milk would still be barred.
The city would require an additional $175 permit, valid for one year, to vendors selling the additional items, Bennett said. That is the same price as a seasonal permit. Staff members expect to present the ordinance change to the council for a vote March 19.
“This a growing area, farmers markets are expanding,” Mayor Betsy Price said. “This is a good move.”
Mayor Pro Tem W.B. “Zim” Zimmerman said he was concerned about whether code officers could handle the additional workload, given the demands on them today.
City ordinance classifies farmers markets as outdoor, open-air operations of more than 14 days, but less than 180 days. Currently, the ordinance allows the sale of only whole fruits and produce.
Bennett said city inspectors would apply existing federal and state guidelines to ensure food safety.
The ordinance would continue to bar resale of foods obtained from retail and wholesale stores.
- Scott Nishimura, Star-Telegram Fort Worth City Hall reporter