The Magnolia Farmers and Artisans Market, also known as Sweet Magnolia Pickins, is now offering vendors a rebate. Market manager Boo Henderson explains it is due to a new fee charged by the county.
“For vendors who sign on with the market for six months or more, we will cover the cost of the new food vendor permit, should the county require one,” she said. “Let me emphasize this is for food vendors subject to the new permit, only.”
A new state law allows counties to require a new permit for any food vendors that pass out samples or are required to keep temperatures at a constant level. While only some Texas counties have chosen to enact the new permit, Montgomery County is requiring it.
Regardless of the status, the local market wants to keep vendors. As a result, the City of Magnolia 4B Economic Development Corporation that operates the market is making the “rebate” offer.
“We have had many loyal vendors since we began in 2008,” Henderson said. “And, many people come to find these particular vendors at our markets. We don’t want this new permit to scare them away so we have found a way to recoup their possible extra expense of approximately $125 per year and are offering to cover it.”
In other news, the market will hold a costume contest for children at 2 p.m., Oct. 21. All area children are invited to turn out for this special fall market and “trick or treat” at each vendor for no fee.
The Magnolia Farmers and Artisans Market is held on the first and third Sundays of each month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
There is no admission for Sweet Magnolia Pickins and parking is free. Visit, sweetmagnoliapickins.net for more information or a vendor application, or call Henderson at 832-934-2648.