Michigan's farmers' markets take a step toward adding wine sales

May 20, 2013

You could soon be able to pick up a bottle of wine at your local farmers' market.

Tomorrow, the state House Regulatory committee will discuss legislation that would allow wine sampling and sales at farmers’ markets. The bills (SB 79 and SB 279) have already passed the state Senate.

Donna McClurkan is with the Michigan Farmers Markets Association. She says it’s a way to support another part of Michigan's agricultural industry.

“We see it as a potential growth opportunity for aspiring small wineries,” says McClurkan.

McClurkan says other states that have allowed wine to be sold at farmers’ markets have seen good sales numbers. 

A wine maker would have to bottle less than five thousand gallons of wine annually to qualify to sell at farmers’ markets.