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. This guide is not yet available for 2019. (Coming Soon!)
- The WVFMA has partnered with WVFFC to come up with a guide to help farmers markets and their vendors understand regulations that may apply to them: (Coming soon!)
- The West Virginia Department of Agriculture has developed several materials including a PowerPoint presentation to help farmers and farmers markets navigate the legislation adopted in 2018 effecting farmers markets in West Virginia.
- 2019 Presentation to Farmers and Farmers Markets
- Legislative Rule Title 61 Series 38 – Farmers Markets
- Guidelines – Potentially Hazardous Foods
- Guidelines – Farmers Market Vendor Permit
- Guidelines – Direct Sale of Homemade Food Items
- Exemption – Rabbits and Poultry
- Video – Filmed live on May 23 in Charleston, WV (Coming Soon!)
- With the new regulations, some farmers in West Virginia may need to have their farms inspected. If you have questions about produce inspections, please contact Jeremy Grant with the WVDA at firstname.lastname@example.org.