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Bill introduced to allow beer, wine at farmers' markets

March 8, 2012

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PROVIDENCE – Thanks to the efforts of a local representative, Rhode Island vineyards and microbreweries may be given the opportunity to sell their products on their farms or at the local farmers’ market.

Representative Jared R. Nunes (D-Coventry, West Warwick) re-introduced legislation last month that would amend Rhode Island law that currently requires the sale of alcohol through a liquor store license. If passed, the legislation creates the opportunity for small businesses or individuals to obtain a farmer-brewery license.

“It’s very difficult for small breweries to get started under current law,” said Nunes.

Massachusetts passed a similar law in 2010, he said, and some breweries out in Cape Cod or Westport have been very successful with their sales.

“It gives them an outlet to sell their own product,” he added.

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