Category: Food Safety and Handling

UNL Food Vendors/Farmers Markets Food Safety Guidelines

Food Safety and Handling | Market Start-up and Development

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources has made available food safety resources for temporary food service vendors.

Links include the Nebraska Dept. of Agriculture’s Guidelines for Farmers Markets, a UNL Food Processing Center report on Farmers Market Food Safety, and the NebGuide G1706 Food Safety for Farmers Markets.

Access these helpful resources on this UNL Food webpage.

Published January 26, 2018

Growers Guide for Nebraska Farmers Markets and Other Marketing Opportunities

Food Safety and Handling | Market Start-up and Development

This Growers Guide PDF-formatted manual was funded by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, developed by Buy Fresh Buy Local Nebraska in partnership with the Center for Rural Affairs. It contains a history/background of Nebraska farmers markets, along with farmers market rules, regulations, direct-to-consumer information, suggestions for displays, signage, pricing, proper methods of sale, permits, hygiene, and other resources.

Published January 26, 2018

North Dakota Farmers Market and Growers Association Resources

Farm Business and Marketing | Food Safety and Handling | Market Start-up and Development

The NDFMGA has compiled extensive lists of resources for farmers markets, producers/growers, community, and other useful links.

Farmers Market Resources include:

  • Marketing Toolkit for Farmers Markets and Vendors

  • 2010 Market Exploration Grant Final Results

  • Best Practices for Food Sampling at Farmers Markets

  • Color Combinations for Signs and Banners

  • Guide to Food Handling

  • Guide to Starting your own farmers market

  • Ideas for cooing demonstrations at the farmers market

  • Letter visibility chart for signs and banners

  • ND Farm to Market Guide

  • ND market pricing study 2011

  • Organic Labeling at Farmers Markets

  • Starting a new farmers market management guide

  • ND State Health Department ruling on selling home preserved items.

Check out these resources and more! 

Published January 26, 2018

Chapter 24 and You: A Practical Guide to Selling Safely at Farmers Markets

Farm Business and Marketing | Food Safety and Handling | Management and Operations

A booklet outlining food safety at farmers markets prepared by N.J. Department of Agriculture and N.J. Department of Health

Published July 12, 2017 Publisher Website Download Resource State & Local Policy

Minimum Food Safety Requirements for Product Sales at Community Farmers’ Markets New Jersey

Farm Business and Marketing | Food Safety and Handling

Minimum Food Safety Requirements for Product Sales for Farm Markets and Community Farmers’ Markets

Published July 12, 2017 Publisher Website Download Resource State & Local Policy

RI Farmers Market Guidelines

Food Safety and Handling | Management and Operations | Market Start-up and Development

The purpose of these guidelines by the University of Rhode Island is to highlight important food safety practices to take under consideration when vending at a farmers market. It also includes information on the various licensing requirements that may or may not be needed.

Published July 12, 2017 Publisher Website Download Resource Market PolicyState & Local Policy

Selling Agriculture Commodities at Farmers Markets – NH

Farm Business and Marketing | Food Safety and Handling

New Hampshire Dept. of Agriculture Guide for Selling Agriculture Commodities at Farmers Markets

Published July 12, 2017 Publisher Website Download Resource State & Local Policy

Iowa Farmers Markets Requirements

Food Safety and Handling

List of products that may and may not be sold at a farmers market to consumer customers without being licensed as a food establishment at the market location.

Published July 11, 2017 Publisher Website Download Resource State & Local Policy

Fact Sheet for Home-Processed & Home-Canned Foods

Food Safety and Handling

This fact sheet addresses recent issues relating to certain home-processed, home-canned and home-baked foods. Products covered are pickles, vegetables or fruits having an equilibrium pH value of 4.6 or lower and non-temperature-controlled baked goods that do not require refrigeration.

The food products can only be sold at community and nonprofit events or farmers markets located in North Dakota. This includes such events as: county fairs, nonprofit and charitable events, public spirited and/or community celebrations and farmers markets and roadside stands.

Published July 11, 2017 Publisher Website Download Resource State & Local PolicyTopical guides

South Dakota Requirements for the Sale of Home-Canned Processed Foods at Farmers Markets

Food Safety and Handling

Fresh, whole raw fruits and vegetables grown in South Dakota can currently be sold without regulatory
requirements. However, once a raw fruit or vegetable is processed, South Dakota law requires that certain
regulations must be followed in order to ensure the safety of the product. The “Home-Processed Foods
Law,”1 which exempted home-processed foods sold at farmers markets, roadside stands, and similar venues from some of these licensure requirements.

Published July 11, 2017 Publisher Website Download Resource State & Local Policy