New Castle News

June 13, 2013

Farmers market bill moves forward in Senate

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — A bill to ease the burden on farmers market vendors has been sent to the full state Senate for consideration.

The measure, approved by the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, would allow the Department of Agriculture to issue a single, statewide license to the owner of a mobile retail food facility.

Currently, farmers who want to sell crops at various farmers markets are required to purchase a license in each food safety jurisdiction.

Sen. Elder Vogel of New Sewickley Township, the bill’s chief sponsor and committee chairman, said the measure will “streamline the process and provide a greater incentive for local farmers to participate in more of these markets.”

“This helps farming families and provides greater access to fresh Pennsylvania-grown fruits and vegetables for everyone.”

Food safety inspections will still be required at every facility.