Local Food Systems

 

Regulations

Cottage Food Operations - NEW 2018 Farmers Market Rules: The new regulations went into effect on January 1st of 2018, and to make things easier for potential cottage food operations, we have put together a 2018 Cottage Food Guide that describes what the law does and does not allow and what you have to do to qualify as a cottage food operation.

Farmers Market Food Product Sampling Handler Certificate: The Governor’s appointed Farmers Market Task Force has amended the Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act to include Food Product Sampling at Farmers Markets.This article in its entirety can be found on the home page of the ISGA website, www.specialtygrowers.org.

Farmers Market Food Product Sampling Handler Certificate Application: Direct link to application to Illinois Department of Public Health division of Food, Drugs, and Dairies required for offering samples at markets.

Farmers' Market Handbook - A guide to creating and managing farmers' markets: Missouri Department of Agriculture. June 2018.

Pre-Opening and Self-Inspection Checklist for Farmers Markets - Food Product Sampling Handler Guide: Illinois Department of Public Health publication

Product Sampling Certificate and Policies: New sampling regulations discussed by the Illinois Stewardship Alliance.

Public Act 098-0660 - HB5657 - Definition of Farmers Market: Definition of farmers market by Illinois General Assembly.

Smarter Rules for Farmers Markets - Guide to HB5657. 2014.: Guide to HB5657 for the August 25 and 28, 2014 - Farmers Markets: Rules, Regulations and Reforms - Webinar on current and future farmers’ market regulations.

Manager Resources

Starting a Farmers Market FAQ: University of Missouri document on starting a farmers market.

Establishing and Operating a Community Farmers' Market: Forrest Stegelin, Extension Marketing and Agribusiness Specialist, Univ of Ky. 1992.

'Building Better Rural Places' by the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute: Federal Programs for Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry, Entrepreneurship, Conservation, and Community Development

Cottage Food Operations - NEW 2018 Farmers Market Rules: The new regulations went into effect on January 1st of 2018, and to make things easier for potential cottage food operations, we have put together a 2018 Cottage Food Guide that describes what the law does and does not allow and what you have to do to qualify as a cottage food operation.

Creative Fundraising Strategies for Farmers Markets: Three presenters share successful ways that farmers markets have raised money. Farmers Market Coalition Webinar. 2012.

Direct Farm Marketing and Tourism Handbook: This guide is designed to help farm and ranch operators (and other individuals who grow or process food products) market their products and services directly to the consumer.

Farmers Market Food Product Sampling Handler Certificate: The Governor’s appointed Farmers Market Task Force has amended the Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act to include Food Product Sampling at Farmers Markets. The Illinois Food Service Sanitation Code now includes Subpart N, 750.4300 Food Product Sampling Handler Certificate for Farmers Markets. The Farmers Market Food Product Sampling Handler Certificate training is now available on I-TRAIN. The training course is free and can be accessed here: https://i.train.org Course number 1061218. Any vendor at a farmers market that would like to provide samples of their product (fruits, vegetables, baked goods, meat, etc.) can do so without a separate permit from the local health department, as long as they have a valid Illinois Farmers Market Food Product Sampling Handler Certificate. This certificate can be used throughout the state and is valid for three (3) years from date of issuance. This article in its entirety can be found on the home page of the ISGA website, www.specialtygrowers.org .

Farmers Market Manager - Frequently Asked Questions: This is a starting place for current and prospective farmers market managers and organizers looking to develop, expand, and improve their organizations. Farmers Market Coalition.

Farmers' Markets Rules, Regulations and Opportunities: The purpose of this study is to examine the structure and operation of farmers’ markets in the United States, giving special attention to the legal and regulatory issues that may shape their operation.

From Garden Gates to Dinner Plates - Illinois Cottage Food Operation Information: In Illinois, new laws have gone into effect overseeing foods that are prepared for sale by a business operated by a person at the Farmers' Market who produces food in their kitchen for direct sale by the owner or a family member. This website includes information about what foods can be sold, safe food handling practices, food labeling, and frequently asked questions. The site was created by Druscilla Banks, Mary Liz Wright, and Jenna Smith all University of Illinois Extension Educators, Nutrition and Wellness.

IDOA Where Illinois Fresh Is Farmers' Market Forum: Great resources including: Rules & Regulation Marketing Issues & Ideas resources for Market Managers & Vendors

Ill Dept of Ag - Bureau of Weights and Measures: weights and measures programs, registered service companies for scales, pumps/meters, testing

Illinois Farmers' Market Association: IFMA is dedicated to the growth and management of farmers markets throughout Illinois, serving the needs and interests of managers, farmers, vendors, customers and all stakeholders in local community markets.

Market Metrics: Market Metrics is an online tool that allows farmers market managers to easily collect and communicate data about the health benefits brought about by the market. Published by the Knight Foundation.

Illinois Farmers Market Reports: University of Kentucky housed downloadable lists of recent farmer market price reports

Illinois Produce Auction Report: Arthur Produce Auction 354 N Cr 100 E Arthur, IL 61911 217-543-5100

Community Support Agriculture - CSA
Thinking about signing up for a CSA but want to learn more about the idea before you commit? Read on. LocalHarvest.

Community Supported Agriculture
This publication, by ATTRA, reports on the history of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in the U.S. and discusses the various models that have emerged. Recent trends in the CSA movement are presented and demographic information provided about the distribution of CSA farms in the U.S. Several CSA cases are profiled and a survey of recent research is presented. 2006.

Community Supported Agriculture
Resources from the USDA National Agricultural Library

Community Supported Agriculture
Publication of ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service. 2006.

Community Supported Agriculture - New Models for Changing Markets
USDA publication 2017.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Information from the Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) website.

Tips for Selling through CSAs - Community Supported Agriculture
Material from the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). 2012.

Understanding Community Supported Agriculture
Agricultural Marketing Resource Center information.