Charleston, WV - The West Virginia Department of
Agriculture (WVDA) is now accepting farmers market vendor permits as
established in Senate Bill 375. The legislation passed during the 2018
Legislative Session and went into effect June 8th of this year. Rules regulating the
manufacturing and sale of acidified cottage foods are currently out for
public comment until July 27th.
“The intention was
to create an avenue for entrepreneurship. We hope the allowance of direct
sales for certain acidified foods will be a boost to our small producers,”
said Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. “Advocates have been
working on this issue for several years.”
interested in obtaining a permit must pay a $35 fee, pass an initial
inspection and follow several other regulations. The following products,
but not limited to, are applicable for this permit: pickled products,
sauces, salsas, fermented products, acidified fruits and vegetables and all
farm and food products that are required to be time or
temperature-controlled. Commodities such as breads, cakes, candies, honey,
tree syrup, apple butter, molasses, standardized, nondietary jams and
jellies and dehydrated fruits and vegetables are exempt from this permit.
Selling fresh, uncut product does not require a permit.
“Our top priority
is to ensure a safe, reliable food system. Throughout this process, we have
worked with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources,
local health departments and numerous stakeholders to come up with rules
and regulations for producers. The goal was to find a compromise between
good government and economic development,” Leonhardt said.
who have already obtained a 2018 food establishment permit from their local
health department do not need to pay for a farmers market vendor permit
this year but must still submit a registration form with the WVDA.
For a registration
form or more information, contact the WVDA at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-558-2227.