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Food Safety from Production to the Farmers Market

Food safety is an important issue at farmers markets. Customers expect the food and products they purchase to be grown and handled so that they will be safe to consume. Vendors have a responsibility to grow and handle food using good food safety practices.

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Farmers Market

Farmers markets can help strengthen a community by stimulating the local economy and creating local entrepreneurial opportunities.

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Food and Product Regulations for the Farmers Market

Food safety regulations can come from the federal, state or local government. This article provides information on numerous regulatory topics as they apply to vendors and market managers involved with farmers markets.

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Registration Now Open for 2021 South Dakota Local Foods Conference

October 13, 2021

A three-day, virtual event celebrating local food production and use in South Dakota, SDLFC invites all supporters of local food to attend and discuss presentations on specialty crop production, industry challenges, new technologies and opportunities.

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How to Make a Safe Hot Sauce

Hot sauces can be made to with a combination of several different ingredients to give unique flavors and heat that consumers enjoy. There are many considerations that should be made on how hot sauces are processed, formulated and packaged.

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How to Make a Safe, Ready-to-Eat Cookie Dough

Ready-to-eat cookie dough is a delicious snack or dessert that can be enjoyed, but only when made safely. This includes using commercially processed heat-treated flour, ready-to-eat ingredients and using good sanitary practices when making the cookie dough.

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Meat Inspection in South Dakota: Requirements and Resources for Processing and Selling Meat

If you are considering marketing your animals directly to consumers it is important to understand the inspection requirements for selling meat directly to consumers.

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Meat (Not) For Sale

Are you low on meat and want to support local livestock producers? Before buying, take the time to understand the rules and regulations of local meat processing, and make your purchase through the proper channels.

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Requirements for Selling Food to Retail in South Dakota

Now more than ever, we are seeing food processors and entrepreneurs in South Dakota bringing their food products, not only to farmers markets, but also to retail stores. This article provides regulatory guidance and outlines the necessary steps required to allow for the sale of foods to retail stores.

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Selling Maple Syrup at a Farmer’s Market

Maple syrup is a delicious food that goes well with many foods. There has been some increased interest in understanding how to process maple syrup safely in order to sell it at a farmer’s market or at retail.