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Thursday, May 23, 2013
Maryland farmers markets can sell wine starting in June
farmers markets can sell wine starting in June May 21,
2013| Written by Jennifer
Shutt Staff Writer WIC-News Dorchester County www. delmarvanow.com
As shoppers walk through Maryland farmers markets in the next few months, they
may find wine bottles among the fresh-baked bread, local fruits, vegetables and
counties already permitted wine sales at farmers markets, a new law to take
effect June 1 will establish a statewide permit for wineries that removes
county-specific restrictions. The new permit will not allow for sales by the
glass, but will allow wineries to give out samples, as long as it doesn’t
violate county regulations.
winemaker at Great Shoals Winery in Princess Anne, said he’d be interested in
selling at the Main Street Farmers Market in Berlin and the Somerset Avenue
Farmers Market in Princess Anne.
Cimino said, the winery wouldn’t have used one of its special event permits for
a farmers market because it only is allotted so many.
only had 12 special event permits we could use in counties that did not offer
specific farmers market permits,” he said.
those permits were usually good for three consecutive days and farmers markets
usually last for about four hours, Cimino said, it needed to be a very large
farmers market to make it worth the company’s time. .
the new permit opens up farmers markets as a possibility for wineries, but
they’ll still have to weigh the benefit of staffing a market for sales.
Chance Winery in Vienna has been attending the Dorchester County Farmers Market
for about a year after the county passed a rule allowing wineries into farmers
win-win,” said Jennifer Layton, winery co-owner. “It’s a really nice crowd that
comes to farmers markets and they are the ones interested in local, so it’s
obviously very good for us.”
doesn’t think Layton’s Chance will expand to other farmers markets right away,
saying there isn’t enough staffing to send people to multiple markets.
In order for
wineries to set up at farmers markets, they must be invited by the market and
notify the Maryland comptroller’s office by the 20th of each month what markets
they plan to attend.
market manager for the Camden Avenue Farmers Market in Salisbury, said he might
be interested in having a winery at the market, but would have to get approval
from the board of directors and make sure it’s OK with the Asbury United
Methodist Church, which lets the market set up in its parking lot.
president of the Shore Fresh Growers Association, said the downtown Salisbury
market is going to invite a winery to the market, but wants to check local
liquor laws before allowing sampling.
“The wine is
just value added to the grapes; that’s the way I look at it,” she said. “It’s
not different than the guy that’s growing a peach orchard that’s producing jams
and jellies —it’s a byproduct of his crop.”
co-owner of Bay Country Bakery, said wine would complement the city market.
variety you have, the more people will come, especially if you’re doing your
local shopping and you can pick up most of what you need,” she said.