The past few weeks we’ve been trying to provide some background information regarding the rules and regulations at farmers markets. The main point we wanted to make is to contact your local market to make sure you are following their rules. Not just regarding the scales but everything else as well. Here is another example of rules regarding scales at the market.
Weights and Measures: All vendors must comply with the North Carolina Statutes governing the weight and measurement of produce and other items sold. All scales must be approved as “Legal For Trade”. Anyone using scales must have them certified by the NCDA. For certification of a scale, contact the NCDA Standards Division.
Below is an example of a typical farmers market rules and regulations application. Of course one of the key elements that we focus on is the scale. If you are selling to your customers based on weight (which you should) then you will need to understand how the scale check procedure takes place to certify your scale for selling produce to the general public.
Fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, honey, jams and jellies, cheese, vinegars, cider, frozen meats and poultry, maple products, baked goods, breads, ready-to-eat foods, handmade soaps, flowers, bedding plants, and potted plants are examples of products that may be sold at the market.
Market management will supply farmers/vendors with market canopies and will provide assistance with the setup and breakdown of the canopies each market day. Late comers may be responsible for the setup of their canopy. Each farmer/vendor will be responsible for providing tables, tablecloths, certified scales, signs, containers, and change. The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) is responsible for inspecting the scales at the farmers market. DCRA will check scales for accuracy during the first month of the market opening. Scales must be clearly visible and readable to customers at all times. Any problems identified by DCRA must be corrected. If you have any questions regarding your scales, please contact the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs Weights and Measures