Wine at farmers markets?

Winemakers in Massachusetts are hoping they can soon sell their products right next to fruits, vegetables and other items at the roughly 200 farmers' markets in the state.

Legislation filed by a senator would permit farm wineries and orchards to conduct wine tastings and sell wine at farmers' markets.

The markets would have to obtain a liquor license from the local city or town. The state has 34 wineries, many of which are small and have trouble competing for space in liquor stores.

Massachusetts Farm Winery and Growers Association chairman Kip Kumler says winemakers would benefit from direct access to farmers' market customers.

A group representing package store owners calls the bill "bad public policy." They say it would increase the risk of minors obtaining alcohol.