Do farmer's markets & county laws typically have specific selling requirements for eggs, veggies & fruits sold to the public that must be grown on agricultural zoned land only?
I'm looking at properties & wanting to develop a mini hobby farm to grow food for myself & the local community. I have seen residential zoned properties with some acreage although unsure if I can legally grow produce & harvest chicken eggs for public resale.
Most areas have requirements. However, my state just passed a Food Freedom Act so farmer to consumer is completely unregulated. That's a rarity. You'll need to look up your local laws and I'd start with the state statutes.
Mitch, spend the hour or two and talk with the folks down at the county office building and the market master for you local farmers market. Information you get from a world-wide forum may not be applicable to your situation.
Where I am, the department of health regulates food sales.
Fresh, unprocessed foods may be sold with little regulation. But some things have regulations. For example, sprouts must be refrigerated. Foods cannot be cut up, meaning that you could not buy half a giant cabbage or part of a fish. It's the whole item or nothing. And on my island we cannot legally sell eggs because there is no egg grader on the island. Our Dept of Health requires that eggs must be graded. An inane rule in my opinion considering our rural-eat local situation, but government employees are inflexible when it comes to rules.
It's never too late to start! I retired to homestead on the slopes of Mauna Loa, an active volcano. I relate snippets of my endeavor on my blog : www.kaufarmer.blogspot.com
posted 3 years ago
Thanks so much everyone for all the helpful info. I will contact the counties directly.
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