Farmers market bill to have little impact in Urbana, official says

Farmers market bill to have little impact in Urbana, official says

The head of Urbana's Market at the Square said a bill heading to Governor Pat Quinn's desk will be beneficial in several areas for farmers markets across the state.

Both the House and the Senate unanimously approved the legislation that will standardize some farmers market regulations.

Urbana's Market at the Square Director Natalie Kenny-Marquez said while the bill won't result in too many changes at the local market, farmers markets across the state will now have to go by the same rules and regulations.

Kenny-Marquez added that the bill will also make it easier for vendors to provide food samples.

Kenny-Marquez said the bill will also help vendors who sell baked goods at markets in Illinois, as they will now pay a $25 licensing fee.  She said prior to this legislation, the fees were different in various counties, with some charging $100, others not charging at all and some not even allowing that type of vendor.

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