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Farmers Markets Rules & Regulations

blueberries.jpgSome farmers markets in Utah have already opened for business and vendors have already been selected. If you want to be a food vendor at an upcoming farmers market, you have to follow both the rules set by the individual farmers market as well as any local ordinances and regulations issued by the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food.

For example, food that is prepared on site at the Downtown Farmers Market in Salt Lake City is regulated by the Salt Lake Valley Health Department. Food that is prepared or packaged off site is regulated by the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food. In addition, the Downtown Farmers Markets sets its own rules vendors must follow, including where produce is grown. 2010 market information is found here.

All food vendors, regardless of location in Utah, should read the Department of Agriculture's informational handout about Outdoor Market Requirements.

Of course, many farmers markets also provide an opportunity for arts and crafts vendors to sell their wares. Those vendors must also follow the farmers market rules.

A list of farmers markets throughout Utah is found here.

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