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Food Safety at Farmers Markets and Direct to Consumer Sales

Farmers MarketFrom spring into fall, farmer's markets provide a variety of fresh produce as well as many other foods. Many people believe locally grown fruits and vegetables are completely safe.

Unfortunately, several cases of foodborne illness have been connected with fruits and vegetables. For more information on food safety at farmer's markets and roadside stands, see the links below.

To help you bring your food products to market, let the Kansas Value Added Foods Lab evaluate your food products, help you with labeling and much more!

NEW! Selling Produce in Kansas: Licensing Requirements

  • This fact sheet provides information on regulations specifically for selling produce in Kansas. MF3478 - December 2019

Food Safety for Direct to Consumer Sales: Regulations and Best Practices (Spanish

  • This publication provides information for vendors and for direct to consumer sales. MF3138 - Updated January 2021

Kansas Farmers Market Fact Sheet

A farmers market is a market with multiple vendors selling goods directly to consumers at a specific location and a scheduled time. Vendors are frequently producers; selling fresh fruits and vegetables, honey, meat, dairy, eggs, grains, prepared foods, or other specialty items.

Kansas Farmers Markets

Map locations current as of September 30, 2018. Map courtesy Kansas Department of Health and Environment

FDA Food Safety Modernization Act

Key points for produce growers to help growers understand what the new rules mean to their operation.

Farm to School Resources

Seasonal and Simple

Seasonal and SimpleFour Universities have partnered to bring you Seasonal and Simple! This free app is designed to help you find local farmers markets, produce in season, recipes, storage and more. This can be accessed on the web or download the app to your mobile device.



Farmers Market Vendors

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