The use of a copacking facility appears to contradict our producer-only mission, as the final product is sold by someone other than the maker. As a blanket rule, products manufactured at a copacking facility are not allowed to be sold at our Markets.
However, as the burden of regulatory compliance continues to limit the ability for local farms to create value-added products, we are tentatively exploring two limited exceptions to this rule: Market Vendor Collaborations, and the 100% Farm Rule.
Market Vendor Collaborations
On a case-by-case basis, products manufactured as a collaboration between two or more active market vendors may be allowed to be sold at our Markets.
Examples of permitted market collaborations include:
- packaged chocolate covered kettle corn (collaboration between a packaged food manufacturer and a mobile food unit)
- packaged chili mix (collaboration between a packaged food manufacturer and an award-wining chili competitor)
Prospective collaborations should be sent to us for review prior to manufacturing; only products which support our core producer-only philosophy will be approved. All collaboration permits are temporary (good for one season) and must be renewed annually; we reserve the right to discontinue this practice if we feel the essence of the market is being harmed.
The 100% Farm Rule
In accordance with our mission to help create sustainable agriculture in our region, we will review on a case-by-case basis products manufactured with copackers under the following conditions:
- a local farm wants to create a value-added product using 100% of their farm-grown ingredients (basic ingredients, such as water, sugar, salt, etc. are reasonable exceptions)
- 100% of the finished product is manufactured within our permitted geographical region
- the farm acquires 100% of the finished product batch from the copacker; the final product is made exclusively for the farm.
- the customer is 100% certain about the ingredient source and manufacturing processed used.
Our goal is to facilitate value-added products such as:
- a packaged apple cider for where 100% of the apples are from the selling orchard
- a jerky created for a farm using their protein
- a tomato sauce made for a farm using their farm-raised tomatoes
The following products
- products created for someone using their secret family recipe (we require either ingredient growth, or direct manufacturing — an idea or marketing effort alone is not sufficient)
- roasted nuts or peanut butter (we have vendors who both roast onsite and/or create those products in their licensed facilities)
- any private-label arrangement
- any product manufactured outside of our geographical territory
Copacked Product Permits
Prospective products should be sent to us for review prior to manufacturing; only products which support our core producer-only philosophy will be approved. All copacking permits are temporary (good for one season) and must be renewed annually; we reserve the right to discontinue this practice if we feel the essence of the market is being harmed.
Additional inspection fees (to cover travel costs) may be required.