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Safe food sampling for farmers market vendors

People sampling food at a farmers market.

Offering samples is a great way to promote your products. The 2014 Safe Food Sampling law (Minnesota Statute 28A.151) allows farmers market vendors to offer samples. Although you don’t need a food license, you must follow Minnesota food code requirements for Special Event Food Stands (4626.1855, B-O and Q and R).

Videos on how to comply with the Safe Food Sampling law


Safe food sampling tips


Checklist for safe food sampling at farmers markets

This checklist outlines the requirements of the 2014 Safe Food Sampling law (MN Statute 28A.151). Vendors and food demonstrators preparing and serving food samples must follow the ‘special event food stand’ regulations (4626.1855). No food license is required for product sampling per MN Statute 28A.151.


Kathy Brandt and Suzanne Driessen, Extension educators

Reviewed in 2022

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