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Submitting a vendor request form does not guarantee a spot at the Farmers Market. If accepted to the Market, an email will be sent with further instructions.
The Fountain Inn Farmers Market has a ratio of different vendors in order to maintain diversity in the products and goods sold during the market season. The ratio is as follows:
50% Farmer/Rancher/Grower: Farmers sell regionally grown vegetables, fruit, nuts, grains, herbs, flowers, or nursery crops from seeds or plants. Beekeepers, egg farmers, poultry, and livestock producers are considered farmers.
30% Value Added Product Vendors: Vendors that use regionally grown produce to make their products (such as baked goods, sauce, bread, etc.)
20% Art & Craft Products: Those who produce original, unique and high-quality items which bring added value to FIFM. All products must be the actual work of the artisan. No commercial items, no imported items, no manufactured items, and no second-hand items shall be resold by artisans.
The FIFM is committed to creating a diverse marketplace with the highest quality, regionally produced products available. The Fountain Inn Farmers Market reserves unconditional discretion to accept or refuse anyone as a market vendor. The selection process takes into consideration many factors including product quality, sourcing, growing practices, presentation, seniority, safety, compliance, customer service, and the right product mix to ensure a successful market.
Food producers who want to sell food under South Carolina’s Home-Based Food Production Law must follow the guidelines set forth by South Carolina’s Code of Laws 44-1-143. This law is separate from DHEC’s SC Regulation 61-25 “Retail Food Establishments.” Home-Based Food operations are individuals preparing non-potentially hazardous baked foods and candy in their home and distributing those items to the end consumer.
How Do I Qualify?
No retail food establishment permit is required so long as all food production is in the home kitchen. Once you move out of your home kitchen to prepare products, a permit issued by SCDHEC is required. Additionally, you may only sell to the end consumer (i.e. the person who intends to eat the food). You may not sell to a retail food establishment or sell your products at a retail food establishment (this includes permitted mobile food units). You may sell your product at venues such as farmers and flea markets.
Foods Covered and Not Covered Under SC Home-Based Food Production Law
The Home-Based Food Production Law covers non-potentially hazardous baked goods that are sold directly to the end consumer. These foods cannot be sold for resale. Note that moist quick bread like zucchini, pumpkin, and banana may be potentially hazardous and may require product analysis. Canned and jarred foods are not covered by the law and are not eligible for exemption. Contact SC DHEC at 803-896-0640 for more information.
DHEC Defines Candy As:
DHEC Defines a Baked Good As:
Potentially hazardous foods are not covered by the law and are defined as follows:
Certain foods are designated as Product Assessment Required because of the interaction of their pH and water activity (Aw; moisture available for microorganisms to grow in the food).
Examples of potentially hazardous baked goods include, but are not limited to:
Unless a product assessment is conducted pursuant to the SC Regulation 61-25, the following are considered potentially hazardous:
Foods NOT Covered under SC Home-Based Food Production Law:
If a product is not listed, the person can determine if it is non-potentially hazardous by contacting Dr. Kimberly Baker (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Adair Hoover (email@example.com). Product analysis to determine the interaction of pH and/or water activity (Aw) is required to exempt any product not listed above. The analysis will be at the expense of the home-based food operation.
To sell non-potentially hazardous baked goods and candy under the law, the producer is required to follow all regulations as stated under the law and enforced by DHEC. However, registration with DHEC is not required to sell these items under the Home-Based Food Production Law.
Products for sale under the Home-Based Food Production Law must be labeled. Labels must include:
Additionally, information on labeling is available at http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/LabelingNutrition/ucm2006828.htm .
For more information, contact Dr. Kimberly Baker (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Adair Hoover (email@example.com).
Questions regarding the Home-Based Food Production Law should be directed to DHEC Division of Food Protection (803-896-0640)
If this document didn’t answer your questions, please contact HGIC at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-888-656-9988.
For the safety and respect of our customers, No pets are allowed. Service animals specifically trained to aid a person with a disability are welcome.
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