Prior to applying to be a food vendor at the Waldo Flea Market, we suggest contacting the Department of Agriculture or the Department of Business & Professional Regulation Division of Hotels & Restaurants to obtain information about licensing and regulations.
Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Division of Food Safety
3125 Conner Boulevard
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1650
Phone: (850) 245- 5520
Fax: (850) 245-5553
Department of Business & Professional Regulation Division of Hotels & Restaurants
1940 North Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1011
Phone: (850) 487-1395
Fax: (850) 921-8267
Cottage Food Law
Cottage Food Law allows a person to sell Loaf breads, rolls, biscuits, cakes, pastries, cookies,
candies, confections, honey, jams, jellies, preserves, fruit pies, dried fruit, dry herbs, seasonings,
mixtures, homemade pasta, cereals, trail mixes, granola, coated nuts, uncoated nuts, vinegar,
flavored vinegars, popcorn & popcorn balls.
For more detailed information please ask for the Cottage Food handout or contact:
Department’s Division of Food Safety, Bureau of Food & Meat Inspections
3125 Conner Boulevard
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1650
Phone: (850) 245-5520
Fax: (850) 245-5553
There are two types of Food Concessions – Main Menu and Specialty categories.
Main Menu will cost you approximately $100.00 per day, plus utilities. The cost will depend on price/location of booth rental.
A Specialty Category will cost about $20.00 to $30.00 per day, plus utilities. Cost will depend on the type of Category selected and price/location of booth rental. Most booths are $16.00 under the shed and $13.00 outside.
All Wagons must be self-contained, licensed, and meet Florida health codes.
Note: Only food concessions with a “MAIN Menu” concession are allowed to sell carbonated drinks (Coke/Pepsi products, etc). This includes fountain drinks, (can or bottle) and cups of ice.
Note: There is a charge of $6.00 per day to sell anything other than your “menu” item(s) out of your booth that you have rented for your food concession.
Location, Electricity & Water:
Main Menu concessions will need to be located where there is a dedicated power pole & Water hook up. In the event there is no power pole location available, a Main Menu concession may purchase electricity from the market for a limited time. The electric charge will be accessed based on usage. (Usually $9.00 per day).
Vendors using the dedicated power poles will need to contact FPL and have power established in their name. Once the Vendor has the electric bill coming to them directly, the $9.00 per day charge will be dropped.
Specialty menus will be allowed to purchase electricity from the flea market on a per vendor basis
Water (if needed) – Price depends on usage. (Usually $1.00 per day)
MAIN MENU: $72.00 per day, plus rental of minimum of two booths per day:
Hot dogs, sausage dogs, hamburgers, French fries, Mexican, Asian, Cuban, Latin, Italian – pizza, pasta, subs, salads, barbeque, home cooking, seafood, fish, chicken, breakfast, etc…unless listed on specialty menu. Ok to sell any of the above or all of the above.
Menu must be approved and signed by both the vendor and the flea market. Only items on the approved signed menu are allowed to be sold:
Ok to sell any or all of the drinks listed below:
Any carbonated drink (Pepsi, Coke etc), Coffee -regular or decaffeinated. Tea – hot or cold – regular or sweetened. Regular hot chocolate.
(Specialty coffees or teas are an extra price.)
All items listed on the Specialty Menu (or similar products) are not allowed to be cooked or sold under your Main Menu pricing. If you wish to add other items or categories, please contact the office.
Note: You must rent a minimum of two booths for a main menu food concession. If you wish to add a specialty category you will need to rent an additional booth or pay an additional charge of $6.00 per category.
Refundable deposit for Main menu vendors – $50.00. (Refundable with two week written notice)
SPECIALTY MENU #1: $15.00 per item per day (plus rent minimum of one booth per item).
Donuts (mini donuts not available)
Cinnamon buns/sticky buns
Funnel cakes/ elephant ears
Nacho Chips with chili, cheese and salsa
SPECIALTY MENU #2: Pricing is per item:
March – October = $20.00 per day/ November – February = $6.00 per day (plus booth rental). $6.00 rate becomes effective after paying a minimum of 6 months at the $20.00 rate. (Example: Start contract in January 2007 – would pay $20 thru October 2007, then November 2007 thru February 2008 rate would drop to $6.00 per day. In March 2008 the rate would go back to $20.00.
Frozen drinks (slushies)
Shaved ice, snow cones
Scoop ice cream, floats (floats can be sold only IF you have both the main concession and scoop ice cream concession on your contract)
Soft serve ice cream/yogurt – (not available)
Ice cream bars (pre-wrapped)/Popsicles
SPECIALTY MENU #3 – $8.00 per day per item (plus booth rental)
Cotton candy, Candy apples
Breads – Loaf or slices
Cookies/fudge/homemade candies/dessert pies/muffins, cake
Baked Potatoes (Note: baked potatoes can be sold with no additional charge if you paid for a Main Menu or can be sold as an individual category at the $8.00 per day rate.)
SPECIALTY MENU #4 – $5.00 per day per item (plus booth rental)
Snacks (up to 20 different prepackaged snacks, candy, gum, etc,) NOTE: If individual packages are bundled together in a bundle of at least 8 packages, they MAY be considered groceries. MUST be bundled together. Please contact the office for details.
Peanuts – fried, boiled
Gum Ball Machines, etc.
DRINK MENU: $7.00 per day per category. Must be selling other “Menu items” (Specialty or Main)- to have “Drink” Menu”
Coffees – regular, decaf, specialty or flavored, hot tea – regular or specialty, hot chocolate. (Regular and Decaf Coffee, regular hot tea and regular hot chocolate can be sold with no additional charge if you paid for a Main Menu. If you choose to sell flavored or specialty varieties it is considered a separate category and you would need to pay the $7.00 per day rate.)
Fresh or can lemonade, juices, Specialty iced tea, Sports Drinks (Gatorade etc.), Punch
Bottled water (flavored or plain)
Questions: I pay for the main menu. Can I sell additional food items other than what were on my original approved menu?
Answer: First look on the specialty menu list.
If the item is on the list then there will be an additional fee, plus an additional booth rental charge. You will need to contact the office and submit the request in writing. If approved, the item will be added to your menu and your rent adjusted.
If the item is not on the list then contact the office and submit the request in writing. If approved, the item will be added to your menu.
Question: I pay to sell food in my booth. Can I also sell other merchandise in the same booth?
Answer: There is a $6.00 charge to sell other merchandise in the same booth that you sell food in. This does not apply to Specialty menu # 4. If you pay to sell categories from Specialty menu # 4 you do not have to pay extra to sell merchandise in the same booth area.
Question: I am paying to sell Popcorn. Can I sell cotton candy for the same price, since they are both in Specialty # 3
Answer: No, they are on different lines, they are considered different categories. If you wish to sell cotton Candy there will be an additional fee.