A Farmer's Market Food License is not required to sell food such as raw fruits and vegetables. If an operator is going to be processing or cooking any food items, then a state or city license would be needed. City of West Allis Food License Applications are processed by the City of West Allis Health Department. State of Wisconsin licenses are processed by the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.
Information on the Sale of Food at Farmers' Markets
- Eggs, meats, poultry products and other potentially hazardous foods need to be maintained at 41° F or less at all times. More information on the sale of meat and poultry is available from the State of Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection publication: Direct Marketing Meat and Poultry.
- Honey sales may require additional licensing. Check with The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
- Maple syrup processing is subject to requirements and may require additional licensing. Click here for information.
- Limited sales of home-canned foods is allowed under a Wisconsin law – sometimes called the “pickle bill” – The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection has more information about home-canned foods.
- Proper labeling is required for all packaged foods (e.g. salsa, soup, bakery) - See the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture information on labeling.
- If you use a scale for weighing your produce, the scale must be checked for accuracy and licensed with a Weighing and Measuring Device License prior to use. If you decide to sell produce by a method other than weight please refer to the information pages below:
Both the Food License and the original Weighing and Measuring Device License must be displayed at your stand at all times that you are selling.
Area Farmers' Markets
A listing of area farmers' markets can be found in The Farm Fresh Atlas of Southeast Wisconsin: www.farmfreshsewi.org