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Can I Sell Fresh-Squeezed Juice or Cider at the Farmers’ Market?

Raw juice and cider are potentially hazardous products that have been responsible for many illness outbreaks, so sale of raw juice and cider is very tightly controlled. Advertisements

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Looking for guidance on food safety rules, requirements and best practices for meals served at special events

One resource you should take a look at is “Come & Get It! What You Need to Know to Serve Food on Your Farm.” https://www.misa.umn.edu/publications/comeandgetit Farms are viewed by the law as the same kind of venue as anywhere else … Continue reading

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Is it legal to sell inspected primal cuts of meat directly off a mobile processing unit to restaurants and institutions?

 Yes, sale of inspected primal cuts would be legal, if a couple of conditions are met: 1. The mobile unit would have to have the correct licensing. There are a couple of ways to have mobility:  a mobile processing plant, … Continue reading

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Can Farmers’ Markets do Farm to School?

Yes!  MISA’s Aggregation of Farmers’ Produce fact sheet was developed in response to the experience of the Wabasha Farmers’ Market in doing Farm to School sales. It includes specific steps and templates for food safety protocols that were satisfactory to … Continue reading

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How Can I Find a Meat Processor for My Livestock?

Choosing a meat processor is a big decision. Start by making a list of inspected processors within what you consider a reasonable driving distance from your farm, and then do research. 

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How can a student from outside the United States come to study at the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture?

It is important to understand that the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (MISA) is one small organization within the University of Minnesota. MISA staff are involved in the Sustainable Agricultural Systems degree programs, but the courses and the degrees are … Continue reading

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Insurance for Selling at Farmers’ Markets

The Minnesota Farmers Market Association (MFMA) offers insurance coverage for farmers’ markets and for vendors. Generally, insurance for the markets covers injuries that may happen in the common market space.  

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Does a Multi-Farm CSA Need a License?

It depends. The right to sell products that you raise on your property (either owned or leased) without a license is protected by the Constitution of the State of Minnesota, Article 13, Section 7: https://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/constitution/#article_13 If all of the farmers … Continue reading

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What is being done to address the decline of nutrients in our fruits and vegetables?

The underlying problem is that of soil erosion and loss of topsoil.  This is a serious situation that is getting a lot of attention from us and our colleagues.  MISA has a formal partnership with the Sustainable Farming Association of … Continue reading

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Environmental impact of livestock production

At MISA, we prefer a nuanced discussion of the role of livestock in agriculture and the environment. Here’s the very quick-and-dirty sketch of our thinking on this topic: – The major water quality problems in surface waters that receive agricultural runoff … Continue reading

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