Keeping Your Stand Legal


The Maine Farmers’ Market Law protects consumers. Every farmers’ market vendor should be aware of the law’s requirements.

The licenses required for selling at farmers’ markets vary depending upon the product.  See the Department of Agricultural, Conservation, and Forestry’s Reference Guide for more details.

The Maine Dept Agriculture offers links to printable permit and license applications.

List of all Maine agricultural regulations

Maine statutes regarding sale of agricultural products

Policy on sampling of Food Products at Farmers’ Markets 

Use of the term “organic” and MOFGA certification

Don’t like a current agriculture-related law? Advocate for change by getting in touch – Maine’s legislators tend to be very interested in agriculture. Find your elected officials here. The Maine Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, also known as ”the Ag Comittee”, is made up of about a dozen members from the Maine House and Maine Senate. They are the folks who review/revise any ag-based legislation before it goes to the whole legislature, so be sure to reach out to them as well.