New Rules for Local Farmers Markets


Tennessee will be enforcing new food safety rules at public farmers markets across the state. The change will require certain vendors to purchase a farmers market food unit permit if they intend to prepare and serve food onsite using improvised equipment for things like handwashing, food prep, drinking water, and waste disposal.

The new permit rules apply to any vendor that falls under Tennessee's definition of a "farmers market food unit." Vendors will be required to purchase a separate permit for each stall that falls under the new food safety guidelines.

The law specifically applies to on-s...

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