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Farmers Markets

NEW – Illinois Guide for Farmers Markets

Illinois ranks third in the nation for the number of farmers markets. Farmers markets offer consumers farm-fresh, affordable, convenient, and healthy products, such as fruits, vegetables, cheese, meats and more. As you explore farmers markets in your area, it is important to think about food safety. Follow these tips from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to keep your fresh foods safe: Farmers Market Food Safety Tips | USDA

Farmers Market Regulation

Farmers markets are regulated by local health departments in Illinois. For information about permitting or inspections, contact the local health department(s) where you intend to sell. To locate your local health department, refer to this map or check the local health departent directory at the traditional directory

Farmers Market Sampler Certificate

IDPH supports farmers market vendors by offering a Farmers Market Food Product Sampling Handler Certificate to allow food sampling at a farmers market without having to get a separate license from the local health department (applies to samples only).

This certificate is required for persons who engage in performing tasks such as unpacking, cutting, slicing, preparing, or distributing food product samples. Certificates are not transferrable between individuals and are valid for three years from the issue date. 

To apply for this certificate, vendors must complete an application and submit the appropriate materials and fee. To learn more, check out the IDPH Farmers Market Sampler Application Packet. For online applications, view instructions on this webpage. For more information, contact the IDPH Food Protection Program at

ANSI accredited food handler training courses available online can be found here.