2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 4 - AGRICULTURE AND DOMESTIC ANIMALS
Section 4:10-25.6 - Mobile farmers' market pilot program.
4:10-25.6 Mobile farmers' market pilot program.
4. a. In order to promote and facilitate improved access to fresh produce by low-income residents of urban food deserts, the Department of Agriculture shall develop and assist in the implementation of a mobile farmers' market pilot program, to be known as the "New Jersey Fresh Mobiles Initiative." The pilot program shall operate in one or more municipalities, selected by the Secretary of Agriculture, in which residents have limited access to nutritious foods through supermarkets, grocery stores, and farmers' markets, which agree to participate in the program. The department shall identify, on its Internet website, the municipalities selected for participation, and the vendor supply areas at which, and the times during which, fresh mobile vendors will be accessible for community residents. The pilot program shall operate for a period of at least one year. No later than one year after the pilot program is established and becomes effective, the department shall submit to the Governor and, pursuant to section 2 of P.L.1991, c.164 (C.52:14-19.1), to the Legislature, a written report containing information on the implementation of the pilot program, including a recommendation on the feasibility and desirability of implementing the initiative on a Statewide basis.
b. As a part of the Fresh Mobiles Initiative Pilot Program, the department shall be authorized to:
(1) establish qualifications for fresh mobile vendors and assist the participating municipalities in identifying and recruiting appropriate qualified persons to act as fresh mobile vendors in the pilot program to be operated in the participating municipality, provided that the vendors agree to accept any low-income food vouchers as payment at the mobile venues established under the pilot program as a condition of participation in the program;
(2) assist the participating municipalities in designating one or more vendor supply areas to be used for vendor sales, which designations shall ensure a high level of accessibility to vendors by community residents;
(3) coordinate and encourage partnerships between the participating municipalities and such fresh mobile vendors as deemed necessary to better enable and ensure the prompt or efficient delivery of fresh produce to urban food desert communities and the provision of a year-round supply of fresh produce through the pilot program;
(4) take appropriate actions to encourage consumer participation in the initiative and increase consumer familiarity with regard to the various types of produce offered by fresh mobile vendors;
(5) take appropriate actions to encourage, at the discretion of the individual fresh mobile vendor, the acceptance of any method of payment, including, but not limited to, cash, credit, or check;
(6) develop educational and informational materials for distribution to consumers, which materials may incorporate information pertaining to the nutritional value of fruits and vegetables, the importance of incorporating fresh produce into the diet, or any other topic that is relevant to the work of the initiative; and
(7) take such other actions, including but not limited to adopting rules and regulations pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), that the secretary deems necessary or appropriate to implement the provisions of this act.
L.2011, c.223, s.4.