Farmers markets provide a venue where local vendors can sell their produce and other farm-based manufactured products directly to the public. Most markets are open during certain hours in the summer and fall months.
The Health Department interacts with local farmers markets in two main ways: Food safety regulation and through the WIC program.
The Health Department helps to ensure that items sold at Northern Kentucky markets are safe and wholesome.
Most farmers market vendors do not need food permits; however, vendors selling processed food, providing samples, selling meat products or preparing food at the market may require a permit. For questions about specific situations, please contact the Health Department or 859-341-4151
During the summer months, Northern Kentucky families participating in the WIC (Women Infants and Children) nutrition program can get vouchers to buy fresh fruits, vegetables from local farmers’ markets.
For more information, WIC clients can contact the county health center where they receive WIC services.