01/16/2012 by Scott DeNoon, Jesse Richardson, & Martha Walker

The popularity of farmers’ markets has increased significantly over the past decade as consumers take a greater interest in the various foods that end up on their dinner tables. These markets are located in various venues (entirely outdoors, completely indoors, combination of both) and may be open year round or on a seasonal basis. Regardless of the location or frequency of operation, farmers’ market owners and operators have significant liability exposures presented by employees and participating vendors. This fact sheet recommends methods for dealing with these two exposures.