The Department regulates vendors at farmers’ markets to ensure compliance with New York State food sanitation requirements and to ensure that food is not adulterated or misbranded as outlined in Article 17 of Agriculture and Markets Law. This includes vendors selling raw agricultural products, such as produce and eggs, and processed, packaged foods, such as baked goods and preserved foods.

Together with stakeholders from the farmers' market community, the Department has created guidance to help farmers' market vendors understand these food safety regulatory requirements at farmers' markets. This guidance is the first of its kind created by the Department and is intended to help the industry grow and flourish.