Province to allow local brewers to sell their beer at farmers’ markets

Brewers first have to apply through AGCO

You can soon pick up some suds when you grab some spuds at the farmers’ market.

The Government of Ontario announced on Friday it is allowing eligible local brewers to sell their beer at farmers’ markets, so long as the full brewing process takes place in Ontario.

“Allowing the sale of craft beer at farmers’ markets has been a great next step in providing real choice for consumers, and more retail opportunities for locally-owned craft breweries at this critical time for our sector,” said Scott Simmons, President of Ontario Craft Brewers. “It has truly been a win-win for craft beer lovers and locally-owned craft breweries alike and we are raising a glass to this important change which has been good for local jobs, good for consumers, and good for our communities.”

“Providing local brewers with the opportunity to join wineries, cideries and distillers in selling their products at farmers’ markets is another breakthrough for the many jobs and families that are supported by Ontario’s diverse alcohol manufacturing industry,” said Attorney General Doug Downey at Friday’s announcement.

Brewers must first apply to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) before they can sell their products at farmers’ markets. More eligibility requirements can be found on the AGCO website.