The Farm Direct Bill Scale-appropriate rules for small growers selling directly
What the bill does • Clarifies which farm-direct activities require a license and which do not. Also clarifies status of farmers’ markets. • Allows low-risk processing such as drying fruits and vegetables without a processing license. • New options for growers of dried beans and grains in many forms. • Under many limits, farmers can make jams, jellies, preserves, syrups, sauerkraut, pickles and some salsas.
What the bill does NOT affect • Sales to stores, restaurants or institutions or any other sales not direct to the consumer. • Commingled foods not included – hurts traceability • Regulation of meat or poultry – another bill deals with 1,000 or fewer birds sold directly and probably on farm • Low-acid foods – too risky to deregulate • Baked goods in domestic kitchens
For more information about the bill www.oregonfarmersmarkets.org/mktmngr/food_safety.html OFMA web pagehosts the officialODA FrequentlyAskedQuestions
Home baked in Oregon Domestic bakery license costs $152 annual for sales <50K Non-domestic license costs $244 No (furry?) pets in home Restrictions re children Separate ingredient storage Many markets require insurance Big $ outlay for low-income entrepreneurs Recipe for profit or loss?
More policy intersections • Wireless EBT for SNAP • Nutrition ed at markets • FDNP & eWIC FVV • Gleaners at markets • Tax credit lost in 2011 • CA borrows our law