Resources are listed below in the order of most commonly asked questions first.
A comprehensive legal guide published in 2017 from a team of NH lawyers and agricultural experts. Scroll down to page 129 for a complete look at legal aspects and best practices for farmers markets in NH.
How to manage food safety at your market, identifying food violations and how to correct them
A series of training videos on how vendors should be handling food at farmers markets developed by UNH Cooperative Extension.
A comprehensive publication put together for market managers and vendors; a must read.
Information Provided by: Division of Regulatory Services & Division of Weights & Measures
Utilize the NHFMA Public Service Announcement on Your Local TV Station
New Hampshire DHHS List of Self Inspecting Towns
This list shows which cities and towns in NH have their own rules, inspectors and set of protocols that farmers markets must follow. All other towns (non self-inspecting towns) are governed by state laws.
DEFINITIONS, RULES & LAWS
Direct links to state laws and definitions to utilize and reference in the development of your market. Do you have a vendor who wants to bring corn from a neighboring state? Do you want to start a new market in your area? Getting questioned about the sale of raw milk at your market? Read these laws in black and white and share them with your boards.
The State of New Hampshire's legal definition of a farmers market:
“The term "farmers' market" means an event or series of events at which 2 or more vendors of agricultural commodities gather for purposes of offering for sale such commodities to the public. Commodities offered for sale must include, but are not limited to, products of agriculture, as defined in paragraphs I-IV. "Farmers' market" shall not include any event held upon any premises owned, leased, or otherwise controlled by any individual vendor selling therein."
See RSA 21:34-a.
The State of New Hampshire Law Regarding Use of Words "Native," "Local," and "Our Own"
The State of New Hampshire's Alcohol Sampling Law at farmers markets:
Alcohol samples at a Farmers Market: RSA 178:8 (scroll down to 178:8)
The State of New Hampshire's general agricultural definitions:
The State of New Hampshire's Inspection & Sale of Dairy Products law:
RSA 184 which talks about raw milk which is legal for sale in New Hampshire.
The Granite State Farm to Plate Food Policy and Principles.
The Department of Health & Human Service's Food Safety & Licensing Links:
The complete SANITARY PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION OF FOOD guide He-P 2300.
For information on processing and/or manufacturing food in residential (home) kitchens, read about the Homestead License.
For information on commercial kitchens, click here.
Secretary of State: Corporate Laws & Forms
Registering a non-profit - Forms are available on the Secretary of State's web site.
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