Farmers' Market Designation Program
A farmers' market designation provides the legal basis for New York State wineries and/or micro (craft) breweries/cideries/farm distilleries to sell New York State labeled wine or craft beer/cider/distilled spirits by the bottle at farmers' markets under Sections 76.5 and 51.5 of the NYS Alcoholic Beverage Control Law. A "designated" market may be a regularly scheduled farmers' market, or a wine, beer, cider, food, craft or other one-time event that includes a farmers' market with New York State farmers or agricultural producers.
As of August 1, 2010, NYS wineries no longer need to obtain "no fee" permits from the State Liquor Authority (SLA) to legally sell their NYS labeled wines at designated farmers' markets. The SLA will need only to be informed that the market has been officially "designated" a farmers' market. However, NYS craft breweries must obtain a "no fee permit."
Both wineries and/or micro (craft) breweries must also have tasting permits from the SLA with them on site if they intend to offer tastings to the consumers prior to a sale by the bottle.
Under a 2011 amendment to the NYS Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Law, a NYS micro (craft) brewery (defined by NYS law as producing 60,000 barrels/year or less), can sell their beer by the bottle at designated farmers' markets with permits from the SLA.
However, under a 2012 amendment to the NYS ABC law, specially licensed NYS "farm breweries" that source 20% or more of their brewing ingredients (e.g. hops and grains for malt) from NYS farms do not require an SLA permit to sell their "NYS-labeled beer" at designated farmers' markets. Under the same 2012 amendment, NYS "farm distilleries" producing distilled spirits from NYS-grown ingredients can sell by the bottle at designated farmers' markets with a permit from the SLA.
Please note that alcohol sales may occur on Sunday(s) only from 10 am to midnight.
The Farmers' Market Designation Program application is available here for download. It is available as a fillable pdf. Adobe reader is recommended to view and fill in the form.
If you have any questions, please contact the Nutrition Unit.
To Submit the Application:
Fax: (518) 457-8398
Approved Farmers' Market Designations