More options for farm stands

Regulations that took effect Jan. 1, 2009 allow farm stands in California to sell some processed agricultural products, such as jams, preserves, pickles, juices, and cured olives made with ingredients produced on or near the farm.

The new regulations are from Assembly Bill 2168, which created more allowances for modern farm stands throughout California.

Jams, pickles allowed at farm stands: AB 2168 establishes a new category for farm stands that are allowed to sell processed agricultural products, such as jams, preserves, pickles, juices, cured olives and other "value-added" products made with ingredients produced on or near the farm, in addition to fresh produce and eggs grown on the farm.

Bottled water also allowed: Farm stands are now also allowed to sell some bottled water, sodas and other non-local foods in limited quantities. These non-local, pre-packaged foods and drinks are limited to 50 square feet of selling space.

Direct sales to chefs and organizations: With the new regulations, chefs and charitable organizations--who sell or distribute directly to consumers--are now also allowed to purchase product exempt from wholesale size and pack regulations at farm stands or farmers markets.

As with most regulations, these new allowances have some conditions attached. Please read the full article for more details.


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