Selling meat at Farmers Markets
Greg and Lei Gunthorp (email@example.com)
Mon, 04 May 98 20:40:54 PDT
I finally got a phone call from the neighboring county health department about the requirements
for selling state inspected meats at the farmers market. They left a message on my answering
machine that by definition of farmers markets I can't sell anything besides produce at a farmers
market. Anybody ever hear of anything like this? I wasn't asking them if I could sell pork at the
farmers market. Just asking what I had to do to be legal. I called back and left my phone number
and address for them to send me a copy of their regulations pertaining to produce only.
I can see why nobody would want to jump through all the hoops to legally sell direct marketed meat.
I can't even get an answer from the State Health Department on what the regulations are to retail meat
in Indiana until Wednesday. They claimed they only have one person who knows what the regulations
are. They couldn't even send me a copy. I'm gradually getting the impression they are making the rules
up as we go along!
Its kind of strange that I got a completely different message from the Secretary of Agriculture and
President Clinton while serving on the USDA Small Farm Commission.
Any suggestions would be appreciated. I'm not caving on this one. I am going to sell frozen state inspected
pork at farmers markets.
Gunthorp's Pasture-ized Pork
LaGrange, Indiana (a stones throw from Ohio & Michigan)
Visit our farm at www.grassfarmer.com
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