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Wednesday, August 13, 2003 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Ballard Farmers Market is first to sell state wines

The Ballard Farmers Market became the first to sell Washington state wines, taking advantage of a state law that went into effect July 27 permitting local wineries and microbreweries to ply alcoholic wares at established farmers markets.

Three vendors brought three or four labels to the Ballard market last Sunday and organizers expect a handful of wineries to attend the weekly event, said market founder Jon Hegeman.

The new law forbids wine tasting at the markets, but Hegeman said visitors can sample indigenous wines at the nearby Portalis Wine shop.

By law, wines sold at farmers markets must be produced by licensed state wineries and consist entirely of Washington-grown grapes or other agricultural products. Markets and vendors must also receive authorization from the Liquor Control Board.

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