Winery may be coming to Butler County farmers’ markets

Market-goers at the Village Green Farmers Market in Fairfield buy produce at Johnson Family Farm’s booth. The city of Fairfield is looking to bring Hanover Winery to its farmers’ market, which re-opens later this spring. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/STAFF

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Market-goers at the Village Green Farmers Market in Fairfield buy produce at Johnson Family Farm’s booth. The city of Fairfield is looking to bring Hanover Winery to its farmers’ market, which re-opens later this spring. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/STAFF

The city of Fairfield is looking possibly to bring Hanover Winery to its farmers’ market.

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Hanover Winery told the Journal-News the business is looking to participate in other area farmers’ markets. The winery is located in Butler County’s Hanover Twp. STAFF FILE

Hanover Winery told the Journal-News the business is looking to participate in other area farmers’ markets. The winery is located in Butler County’s Hanover Twp. STAFF FILE

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Hanover Winery told the Journal-News the business is looking to participate in other area farmers’ markets. The winery is located in Butler County’s Hanover Twp. STAFF FILE

Hanover Winery told the Journal-News they have an agreement with the Fairfield Farmers Market to be a vendor, pending the application of a special liquor permit.

Fairfield officials confirmed to the Journal-News they are considering applying for the permit, but city spokeswoman Jenny Dexter said discussions are “very preliminary.”

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“We are just looking into a license possibility,” Dexter said. “Council hasn’t had a discussion about it, or even decided if it’s something they want to do or support.”

Fairfield City Manager Mark Wendling said the idea is “interesting,” and the city’s attorneys are investigating if it’s something the city can or should do.

Hanover Winery told the Journal-News the business is also looking to participate in other area farmers’ markets.

The winery is located in Butler County's Hanover Twp. It announced plans last year to expand its facilities.

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House Bill 178, which went into effect last September, allow Ohio wineries to sell sealed containers of wine at farmers' markets and provide tasting samples. Wineries that produce less than 250,000 gallons of wine per year are permitted to participate in farmers' markets. The law prohibits the selling of wine that is offered by wholesale distributors.

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