The Arnold City Council will vote on the city’s farmers’ market regulations and fees during Thursday night’s meeting at City Hall, at 2101 Jeffco Blvd., at 7 p.m.
The 2012 Arnold Farmers’ Market will last for 25 weeks, said documents posted on the City of Arnold website. The first market will open on May 5 at 8 a.m. and close at 12 p.m. The market will occur every following Saturday until Oct. 27.
Mayor Ron Counts and members of the city’s Economic Development commission have worked for about a year to create the market.
“This event should be a quality-filled event, not simply a quantity-filled event,” Counts said during an economic development meeting at City Hall on March 4, 2011.
Counts has said, in prior city council meetings, that Arnold is perfectly located between St. Louis County’s urban dwellers, who want fresh fruits and vegetables, and Jefferson County farmers.
The market also will give parents and children healthy food options and an opportunity to learn about various types of farming, documents said.
Vendors interested in attending the Arnold Farmers’ Market, to be located at the Fox School District Campus at 745 Jeffco Blvd, have three membership options: $10 per week, $35 per month or $200 for the entire season.
There is a $25 application fee for vendors and those needing electricity will pay an extra $5, documents said.
Meats will be available at the market only if the products have been approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the document said.
Prepared foods-such as baked goods, jellies, honey, or cheese-must be approved by the Jefferson County Health Department prior to sale at the Arnold Farmers’ Market.
Jewelry, art, leather goods, knitted items and sculptures will also be available at the market.
No fish, seafood-based items, second-hand clothing or used furniture will be sold at the Arnold Farmers’ Market, documents said.