Farmers Market Legal Toolkit: What Rules Can A Market Make Regarding Speech?

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Authored By: Vermont Law School, Center for Agriculture & Food Systems

Many farmers markets have questions about free speech at markets, and in particular, what types of restrictions market rules can place on activities such as leafleting, political campaigning, or protesting. These activities can interfere with the operation of the market. Are farmers markets obligated to allow these types of activities as exercises of free speech under the First Amendment?

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