Philly dissolves farmers' market fee
Philadelphia City Council voted to make opening a farmers' market easier and less expensive, encouraging access to healthy foods.
City Council has made it easier to open a farmers' market in Philadelphia as part of an effort to encourage access to healthy foods.
The city previously charged a yearly $300 licensing fee but will replace the cost with a required registration. The Department of Public Health will oversee the registration and uphold hygiene and safety standards.
Philadelphia currently has around 65 registered farmers' markets. More than a third are operated by the Food Trust.
A 2013 food access report showed that the number of farmers' markets in the city increased from 43 to 62 in two years across the city, although many areas remain without any farmers' markets and even supermarkets, especially parts of North and Northeast Philadelphia.