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Farmers Markets

The State defines a Farmers' Market as "a farm premises, a roadside stand owned and operated by a farmer, or an organized market authorized by the appropriate municipal or county authority".  Therefore, one of the first steps to opening an organized market is to receive approval by either the City Council(if in City limits) or the County Commissioners (if outside the City limits).  A number of health and safety issues to consider when opening a new market include water sources and waste disposal, food safety, fire safety, parking, building safety, and zoning.  Business licensing and liability insurance may be required.  See links below for more information.

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