Market Vendors must obtain a Retail Food License to operate a food facility at
a farmers’ market, whether the market is inside or outside. Each individual stand is considered its
own retail food facility and must obtain its own license to operate.
and print “Application Packet – Farmers’ Markets” to apply.
All material must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the preparation/sale of food from a retail food facility. Failure to provide all required information can delay and/or deny your plan review. Email is the preferred method of plan review submission.
Submit via email to:
or mail / fax to:
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services
Attn: Plan Review
2301 N. Cameron St, Room 112
Harrisburg, PA 17110
- If your county is under a County Health Department Jurisdiction, you should contact them directly for licensing. These counties include Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Montgomery, and Philadelphia.
- Do not send money with this application
- Allow 4-6 weeks for processing
foods and beverages sold at farmers’ markets must be from an approved
source. An approved source is a facility that is under inspection by
a Regulatory Authority. If the production (or storage) of the food
is NOT occurring at the farmers’ market itself, the production site must be
under inspection. This might be a food processing facility,
home-style food establishment or a retail food facility. Review
frequently asked questions (FAQs) for details.