If selling your product by weight, you must use a scale certified by the Kansas Department of Agriculture. Scale certifications can be done at Vendor Workshops hosted by KDA or may be certified by a licensed service company. More information is available from the KDA Weights and Measures website or by calling 785-564-6700. Occasional group certification opportunities are available, contact the Market Manager for more information.
For fruit and vegetable sales, no additional licenses or certification is needed.
For live plant sales, you will have to obtain a Live Plant Dealer’s License. If your total plant sales are less than $10,000, you will not have to pay the $50 license fee. More information available on KDA’s Live Plant Dealer page.
Home canned fruit jams and jellies (excluding reduced or no sugar jams/jellies): No license required.
Canned, shelf stable naturally high acid foods (e.g. canned applesauce, canned fruits): No license required.
Acidified shelf-stable canned foods (e.g. pickles, hot sauces, canned tomatoes): You are required to have a KDA Food Establishment License or Food Processors License required for production facility. Required recipe approval, “Better Process Control School” is required.
Low-acid shelf-stable canned foods (e.g. canned veggies, meats, cake/bread baked in a jar): You are required to have a KDA Food Establishment License or Food Processors License required for production facility. Required recipe approval, “Better Process Control School” is required.
Pepper jams and jellies: Must submit a sample of your product to KDA for a “Product Water Activity” test before it can be sold at Market. After the test is conducted you will be notified by KDA about which category the product falls under and if licensing is required or not.
Low sugar fruit jams and jellies: Must submit a sample of your product to KDA for a “pH and/or Water Activity” test and product formulation before being sold at Market.
Salsa, barbeque sauce, and similar foods (canned and shelf stable): You must submit a sample of your product to KDA for a pH test and product formulation. Depending on the pH of the final product and the main product ingredients, the product may be exempt from licensing or may be considered an acidified canned food that requires a license.
Refrigerated processed foods (e.g. fresh salsas, pickles, pestos, garlic in oil mixtures, etc): Producer must have appropriate KDA Food License (most likely a Food Establishment License).
The sale of non-exempt foods is restricted to protect the public from foodborne illness. Non-exempt foods, which are foods that require temperature control for safety or specialized processing, consist in whole or in part of milk, milk products, eggs, meat, poultry, fish, sprouts, cut leafy greens, heat treated vegetables, heat treated starches and cut produce.
Home-baked potentially hazardous foods (cream or meringue pies, custards, cheesecakes, cream-filled cupcakes or donuts, cream cheese-based frostings or fillings, pickles, jerky, hot dogs, etc.): Potentially hazardous foods are foods that require temperature control for safety. See below for full list of which products require licenses and read KDA’s Food Sales at Farmers’ Markets.
Baked goods made in a home kitchen (cookies, breads, cakes, cinnamon rolls, fruit pies, fruit cobbler): No license required. Must comply with labeling rules listed above.
Dry baking mixes (cookie mix, brownie mix): No license required. Must comply with labeling rules listed above.
Candies made in a home kitchen (cinnamon hard candy, caramels, toffee): No licensing required but must comply with labeling rules listed above. Note: Homemade chocolates must be tested by KDA to determine whether a license is needed.
Homemade dried pasta: No licensing required if dried in a protected environment in a short time period. Must comply with labeling rules above.
Baked products with potentially hazardous dairy and egg products (cheesecake, cream filled cupcakes or donuts, cream cheese-based frostings or fillings, cream or meringue pies, custards): Food Establishment License required at production facility and point of sale.
Dough (refrigerated or frozen cookie dough, pizza dough): Product requires temperature control for safety, so a Food Establishment License is required.
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