New York Agriculture & Markets Law

Sec. § 259
Legislative Findings

The legislature hereby finds and declares that farmers’ markets provide a vital and highly effective marketing mechanism for thousands of New York farmers, improve the access of consumers and wholesalers to New York farm products, and contribute to the economic revitalization of the areas in which the markets are located. The legislature further declares that farmers’ markets provide consumers with access to a wide range of high quality, nutritious, farm fresh and processed New York state agricultural and food products; facilitate expanded wholesale distribution of New York state farm products to retail stores, restaurants, institutions and other wholesale food buyers; provide new and expanded farm and city jobs in agricultural production, marketing, and sales, and in market facilities development and operation; promote consumer awareness of New York state agriculture and agricultural products; and foster economic and social interaction between urban and rural residents of the state. It is therefore the intent of the legislature and the purpose of this article to encourage farmers’ markets in the state by providing state assistance to municipalities and public and private agencies interested in developing new markets or expanding or reconstructing existing farm market operations.

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