LANCASTER, Pa. — Direct-to-consumer (retail) sales outlets like retail farm markets (also known as on-farm and roadside stands) and farmers markets allow growers and food makers to put their products right into the hands of customers. This marketing approach gives producers the freedom to determine their own prices, business hours, and product presentation. It also affords the opportunity to partner with local and regional producers, to give shoppers access to a variety of products. During Penn State Extension’s What To Expect When You’re Being Inspected webinar on March 29 (11:30am-12:30pm), attendees will learn about the licensing and food safety requirements for opening and operating a direct-to-consumer retail market.
Presenters from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture will describe the role of an inspector, how often they inspect facilities, what they will look for, and how to set up one’s business for compliance. Participants will learn how home-based processors can become licensed to use their home or farm kitchens to produce food products that can be sold through these outlets. Basic rules for selling produce, value-added (canned) foods, eggs, and other products as well as facility requirements for sanitation and storage will be reviewed.
Register for the March 29 webinar at extension.psu.edu/what-to-expect-when-youre-being-inspected or by calling Registration Services at 877-345-0691. This event is being offered at no charge to participants as a result of funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service through grant 21FMPPA1052. For more information, contact Becky Clawson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-283-2598.
–Penn State Extension