Florida Farmers Markets and Cottage Food Laws

In 2011, Florida began allowing individuals to sell, make and store certain products, now known as "Cottage Foods"

Florida Farmers Markets and Cottage Food LawsFirst I should say, after the cold we’ve had this week, it is hard to believe we are expecting highs in the upper 60s for the downtown farmers market on Saturday, February 1st.

Now, for some interesting news about farmers’ markets: In 2011, the state of Florida began allowing individuals to sell, make and store certain products, now known as “Cottage Foods”, in an unlicensed, home kitchen. This made room for local farmers’ markets to grow – and grow they did!

Items like bread, cakes, cookies, candies, jellies and jams are all included in the new law. Which, when compared with other states, does have some restrictions.

-In Florida, as a cottage food operation you can not exceed $15,000 gross sales for your annual total.
-You must sell directly to the consumer, not by the internet or by mail order.
-Specific labeling applies.

Cottage food laws only apply to human food, so items like dog treats falls under the Feed Inspection Program.

At the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach, we have a combination of Cottage Food booths, as well as booths that are run by local restaurants or others who have more requirements to fill when serving up delicious treats.

Items like jerky, canned relish, salsas, pickles and hummus cannot be manufactured under the Cottage Food guidelines. Fish, meat, dairy, Foccaccia-style breads, oils and dips are all regulated by other organizations such as the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Join us each and every Saturday, on Amelia Island, for small town charm and super friendly vendors at the farmers market in Fernandina Beach where you’ll find fruits and seasonal vegetables, as well as local homemade goodies, all set to the soundtrack of local musicians who perform weekly at the Market Place. We ARE the place to be on Saturday mornings!

We are open from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, rain or shine. For more information, please visit our website at FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com, or call (904) 557-8229.

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1 Comment

  1. Jay Chandler

    A great way to sell your food, organic, handmade, and beverage products online is at Yumdey.com. It is totally FREE, no registration fees. Yumdey offers an Affiliate Program as well, and a specific link url to your online shop!

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