We are petitioning to express our objection to the new Montgomery County Environmental Health Services permitting rule for egg vendors and prepared food vendors at farmers markets. The new rule requires these vendors secure a permit for $125 a year, per location. This means that they will have to pay for each Market they sell at. These vendors have already had to build commercial kitchens, obtain a food manufacturers permit, a food handlers permit, and a food managers permit under the guidelines of the county. The new permitting requirements, which began in 2012, is an undue economic hardship on the vendors who rely on these markets for their livelihood, and may result in the demise of the local farmers markets.