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Farmers' Markets

Farmers' markets are one of the most exciting trends in America's food system. Go downtown in almost any town or city in America during the suFarmers Market Manmmer and you will see signs for the local farmers' market. Talk with any public official interested in providing fresh, nutritious food to inner city residents and farmers' markets will be mentioned. Farmer's markets are important because they give local farmers the chance to sell food they raise directly to customers; they allow consumers to buy fresh food from the farmers who raise it; they help create new farms and food businesses; they provide communities ways to create excitement and activity in downtown and neighborhoods; and most importantly, they give us the opportunity to think about what goes into producing our food supply. These reasons explain why farmers' markets are one of the fastest growing forms of farm marketing in our nation.

Because farm markets are increasingly popular for consumers and communities, they are becoming important economic outlets for many farmers. It is important to understand what rules might apply to determine what products can be sold. Regardless of their size or complexity, there are fundamental issues all farmer's markets must address.  As markets become more important - - both for farmers and consumers - - the operational issues can become complicated. Although farmers' markets are based on relatively simple and straightforward transactions between farmers and consumers, concerns such as food safety and liability (such as proper labeling) can pose difficult issues. The Winnebago County Health Department is available to work with individual vendors to minimize public health risks.

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Documents

Farmers' Market Detailed Requirements

Sampling Certificate Fact Sheet

Cottage Food Registration Application Form

Cottage Foods Fact Sheet

 

IDPH Technical Information Bulletin #30 (Sanitation Guidelines for Farmers' Markets)

IDPH Technical Information Bulletin #44 (Cottage Food Operations)

 

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