Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Farmer’s Markets in Pueblo County: What You Need to Know

Farmer’s Markets in Pueblo County: What You Need to Know


Farmer’s Markets are deemed as non-temporary special events by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), and are regulated by local county health departments under guidelines set forth from CPDHE. All Farmer’s Markets in Pueblo County are inspected by the Pueblo City County Health Department (PCCHD); however, only the vendors processing (cooking, peeling, slicing, etc.) food items will require an inspection. At this time, there are no regulations regarding raw, uncut produce. Vendors preparing, holding, and selling potentially hazardous foods are not allowed at Farmer’s Markets unless they have a licensed brick and mortar, mobile unit, or offsite vendor. Mobiles must have current licenses and be completely enclosed with no equipment used outside of the unit. These units must also have power as well as hot and cold water under pressure. Chile Roasters may not by in an enclosed unit and must have a hand sink with soap and paper towels with hot and cold water under pressure. Follow the link for a list of Colorado Farmer's Markets.
    
Among the vendors may be individuals selling Cottage Foods, which are limited items made in an unlicensed kitchen. These items include spices, teas, jams, and certain baked goods.  Cottage Foods do not require a food license to be sold, but have a series of requirements that must be met before sales begin. A complete list of acceptable food items and requirements may be found on the Cottage Food Fact Sheet.  Pickled vegetables are currently not allowed under the Cottage Food Act, but rules and regulations are being developed currently. The Cottage Food Act has recently undergone some changes, so interested parties should keep an eye out for up-to-date resources on the CDPHE website. Contact PCCHD’s division of Environmental Health at 719-583-4307 for specific questions.

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