Home-Based Processing/ "Farmers' Market Regulation"
The General Assembly through House Bill 391 provided Kentucky farmers an opportunity to grow, harvest and process limited food products in their farm kitchen for sale at Farmers Markets', Certified Roadside Stands, and from the processor’s farm provided that they grow the predominate agronomic ingredient.
In coordination with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service Office, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Kentucky Farm Bureau, local health departments, and the Cabinet for Health Services, 902 KAR 45:090E, the Farmers' Markets Regulation, was drafted and outlines the process for farmers to register or become certified as either a home-based processor or as a home-based microprocessor.
Once registered by the Dept. of Public Health, Home-Based Processors may process whole fruit and vegetables, mixed-greens, jams, jellies, sweet sorghum syrup, preserves, fruit butter, fruit pies, cakes, cookies or bread in their farm kitchen.
Home-Based Microprocessors will be required to be certified by the Dept. of Public Health and may grow, harvest and process acid foods, formulated acid food products, acidified food products, or low-acid canned foods provided they meet the further requirements of the regulation.