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Making a Safe Salad Dressing

Have you ever wondered whether a homemade salad dressing is safe when you’re eating it at your local picnic, potluck dinner, or at a family get together? In this article, we will explore what food safety characteristics need to be addressed to ensure that a salad dressing is made safely.

Rows of bottled juice on display at a farmers market.

Selling Juice in South Dakota

Understanding the regulations for selling juice in the state of South Dakota can be difficult to navigate. This article was developed to address some of the questions around juice at retail as well as selling juice at a Farmer’s Market and to also ensure that seller’s may be well informed to ensure they are selling juice that meets regulatory requirements as well ensuring the product is safe.

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Regulatory Requirements for Selling Meat at Farmers Markets

Producers selling meat raised on their farm at a farmers market or other venue need to be in compliance with a number of state and federal regulations. According to USDA FSIS regulations, meat sold direct to consumers at farmers markets or other local venue must be processed at either a Federal or State Inspected processing facility.

Sign at a farmers market reading "we welcome SNAP benefits"

Electronic Purchases and SNAP

Markets and direct marketing farmers can reach a wider customer base by becoming a FNS SNAP Retailer and accepting SNAP purchases.

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Selling Fish at a Farmers Market in South Dakota

This article was developed to address some of the questions around selling fish at the farmer’s market and to ensure that seller’s may be well-informed to ensure they are selling fish that meet regulatory requirements as well ensuring the product is safe.

various homemade breads on display at a farmers market

South Dakota Requirements for the Sale of Baked Goods Made Within Your House

In 2010 the South Dakota ”Home-Processed Foods Law” came into effect allowing for sale of home baked goods at Farmer’s Markets and similar venues. In 2011, a new section was added to this law expanding on the sale of home-baked goods.

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The New Food Label: What’s new? What’s the same? When can we expect to see changes?

The Nutrition Facts Panel, commonly referred to as the food label, that we see on all packaged foods, will be updated on all food items by 2021.

variety of home-canned jams for salw at a farmer's market

South Dakota Requirements for Selling Home-Canned Processed Foods at Farmer’s Markets

Once a raw fruit or vegetable is processed or not intact, South Dakota law requires that certain regulations must be followed in order to ensure the safety of the product

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Farmers Market Food Safety: Health & Hygiene

Health, hygiene and hand washing apply to all stages of production, processing and marketing. Ill food handlers can easily contaminate fresh produce with disease-causing microorganisms. Many of these organisms have the capability to survive on fresh fruits and vegetables for an extended time, from several days to weeks. Once the organism is established on fresh produce, it is very hard to remove.

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Founding a Farmers Market: Form a Planning Team

The first step to forming a new farmers market is to form a planning team. Keep the team small enough so that it is simple, small and manageable.