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Farmers Markets

Farmers 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.

Download 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

Fax: 717-787-1873

    • 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  

All 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.