These rules are not the same as those for retail stores.
Generally, roadside stands, on-farm outlets and farmer's markets are permitted to sell farm produced foods such as the following:
- Fresh whole fruits and vegetables (uncut);
- Eggs (only if clean and properly refrigerated at 45ºF or less);
- Grains and legumes;
- Honey and maple syrup;
- Apple cider and other juice products.
- Processed at an approved facility;
- Properly packaged and labeled;
- Kept at required temperatures and conditions.
While subject to regular inspection, direct marketing businesses selling only these products are usually inspected by the Department only in the event a consumer complaint is received.
The following products cannot be sold directly unless they are produced at an inspected and licensed facility:
- Home-canned or -jarred fruits, vegetables, jams, sauces, and pickles;
- Filled pastries or baked goods containing cream, custard, pumpkin, or meat;
- Highly perishable foods for immediate consumption or reheating.