lawn of the Osage County Courthouse will be occupied by fresh
produce vendors as the location of a farmers market this growing
Wayne White | Managing Editor
LYNDON—Soon, Osage County consumers will have an opportunity
to buy fresh, locally grown produce at an unlikely place –
the Osage County Courthouse.
Monday, the Osage County Commission approved a resolution establishing
a farmers market on the south lawn of the courthouse. The Mid-Week
Farmers Market will be conducted 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays
from May 19 to Oct. 20.
The resolution establishes that no adequate market exists for
local producers to sell fresh farm products in the county, and
allows producers to sell not only garden produce but also personally
The resolution appoints Osage County Economic Development Director
Stephanie Watson as the market’s manager, with specific
authority to issue and revoke permits, appoint assistants, assign
locations, and deny permits for unauthorized activities.
Watson had brought the idea for the courthouse sales to the
commissioners after last year’s attempt to establish a
farmers market at Four Corners. She had reported last year’s
market was not as successful as was hoped, and she believed
that a change to a more centralized location could improve it.
The resolution outlines regulations for vendors, including:
• All produce must be grown in Osage County or adjoining
• Homemade food items such as jams and jellies are permitted
without licensing, but other home-prepared items must be prepared
in a state-certified commercial kitchen.
• Homemade craft items must be 80 percent homemade.
• No prepared foods vendors who have a retail establishment
will be permitted.
• Vendors of food for on-site consumption must have a
Kansas Department of Agriculture commercial vendor license.
• All vendors are responsible for paying income
and sales taxes, and must have a sales tax permit unless exempt
from sales tax collection requirements.
• Vendors must agree to set prices at a competitive level
comparable with retail outlets.
• Vendors must provide a sign with their business name
and address, and any needed tents, awnings and tables.
In addition, the resolution stipulates that no fees will be
charged for a farmers market permit.
Commissioners approved the resolution unanimously, and it becomes
effective upon publication in the official county newspaper.
Commissioners also approved a vendor permit form and application
In other business, the commission:
• met with Osage County Appraiser Stacie Berry who reported
property valuation notices were mailed last week. Berry reported
that although valuations could still be contested, early indications
are that the county’s total valuation will change little
from last year.
• met with Osage County Road and Bridge Supervisor Glen
Tyson, who reported on clearing roads after the weekend’s
snowstorm. Tyson also reported e-waste collection Saturday at
the county’s waste transfer station generated the most
e-waste of any of the previous collections.
• toured the road and bridge department’s
sign shop, where new street signs for county roads are being