Rules and Regulations

The WVFMA is not a regulatory entity.  We are a membership-based organization that was created by WV farmers markets and exists to assist and strengthen markets.  In this capacity, we seek to work with regulatory entities, such as DHHR and the WVDA, to clarify the information that farmers markets and their vendors need in order to be in compliance with existing rules and regulations.  Our Policy Committee also advocates for policy change when necessary.

The information on this page represents the most up-to-date information we have identified to help markets and their vendors understand rules and regulations.  When in doubt, always contact the agency responsible for regulating the topic of interest, as they have the authority and last say regarding compliance.

  • The Farmers Market Vendor Guide is the most comprehensive document available regarding rules and regulations affecting farmers markets: farmers market vendors guide final with cover-1
  • The WVFMA has partnered with DHHR, WVDA and Weights and Measures to come up with a guide to help farmers markets and their vendors identify the permits that may apply to them:  (Coming soon!)
  • This DHHR memo more specifically outlines which sort of permits should be required of farmers market vendors by their local health departments (interpretation and enforcement is the purview of your local sanitarian): F-16 Food Permits at Farmers Mkts FINAL
  • For info about selling dried herbs at farmers markets: Culinary_Herbs