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Wine sales eased at Md. farmers’ markets

Starting June 1, Maryland wineries will be able to sell wine and offer samples at farmers’ markets listed in the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Farmers Market Directory, the state agriculture agency said.

A new Off-Site Permit removes previous county-by-county restrictions and limits on the number of markets (or market days) a winery may attend.

However, there continue to be limitations on sales, most importantly that wineries may not sell wine by the glass.

In addition, local regulations regarding the sale and sampling of wine prevail, even if they are more restrictive than what the new permit procedure allows.

This year, there are 131 farmers’ markets opening in Maryland, up from 88 in 2008.