Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Farmer's Market Preparations

The Steubenville Farmer's Market starts this Thursday, and I plan to be a vendor this year. My main product will be cupcakes and other baked goods made with our pastured eggs, and we will bring other produce as it becomes available. The first thing will be black raspberries, since they are just ripening. If it's allowed, we'll also sell our eggs, but even if it isn't allowed we can at least advertise them. I will be calling the person in charge tomorrow to find out about that.

Speaking of eggs, today I bought an old dorm refrigerator for egg storage, since we are running out of room in the main refrigerator. I would have liked a bigger one, but at only $25 this one was worth getting. I can always buy a larger one later if I need it.


Mary Cate said...

Do you have to have a licensed kitchen in order to sell baked goods at a Farmer's Market?

Mel, Foxtail Farm said...

In Ohio there is a group of foods called "cottage foods" that can be made in the home and offered for sale. With the proper labeling, they can even be sold in retail establishments. Here's the definition (ORC 3715.01 (A)(20))

"'Cottage food production operation' means a person who, in the person’s home, produces food items that are not potentially hazardous foods, including bakery products, jams, jellies, candy, fruit butter, and similar products specified in rules adopted pursuant to section 3715.025 of the Revised Code."

Honey, maple syrup, and sorghum are subject to the same rules as cottage foods.

Mary Cate said...

I am so jealous! There are so many things I would make and sell if I didn't have to jump through silly government hoops to do it.

Mel, Foxtail Farm said...

I find it kind of surprising that you're allowed to sell raw milk, but not baked goods. Or would you be able to sell baked goods directly from your home?

Mary Cate said...

I agree! Of course, before now I had assumed that this was a common thing amongst state laws.

I had never researched it before this, so no reason for me to assume that. After all, I was aware that state laws about raw milk differ drastically.

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