The popularity of farmer's markets in Illinois has inspired a bill that's making its way through the General Assembly. Sponsoring State Rep. Mike Tryon (R-Crystal Lake) says it would be easier to have one set of regulations for the state – instead of 100 sets.
“We have 102 counties. We have 100 health department jurisdictions, and all of them have their own regulations and treat farmer's markets differently,” says Tryon. “What's happening in Illinois is we're starting to see specialty crop growers and artisan food growers that want to participate in local farmer's markets, and they run into an impediment sometimes when they move from county to county.”
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Tryon says negotiations continue with farm and public health interests and would bring an amendment back to committee.
HB 5657 has passed the House Consumer Protection Committee.