farmers' market

Licensing Process

To alleviate some of the financial burden on our licensed establishments due to COVID-19, we reverted our license fees back to 2019 rates effective April 2, 2020.

  1. Complete the Food and Drink Licensing Application.
  2. Submit application and fee to the City Clerk's Office listed on the application, or apply online at City of Madison Licenses and Permits.
  3. Licenses are issued after the application and fees have been processed.
  4. For questions, please contact us at (608) 242-6515 or

Farmers' Markets Fact Sheets

These fact sheets outline the licensing, storage and display, and labeling requirements for sampling and selling food at Farmers’ Markets.

Farmers' Market Manager Information

The Market Manager has an important role in assuring food safety. Working closely with Public Health, the Market Manager:

  • Identifies and resolves potential public health concerns before and during the market.
  • Ensures vendors are properly licensed.
  • Educates vendors about food safety requirements.

Vendor meetings with Public Health staff in attendance are highly encouraged.

Managers must complete and submit the following forms to our Environmental Health Division 30 days prior to the opening of the market.