Created: 06/13/2014 10:42 AM
By: Steve Mieczkowski, KOB.com
Bernalillo County has adopted a new ordinance that will allow homemade food items to be sold at farmer's markets.
The ordinance allows baked goods, jams, jellies, and dry mixes to be processed or produced in private homes of residents living in the unincorporated areas of the county outside the Albuquerque city limits.
Previously, the only option for farmers and producers was go to the South Valley Economic Development Center, which helps small businesses grow and makes sure food is safely made.
People complained that the center was expensive, and that there wasn't always room at the center.
"Bernalillo County is proud to support and encourage our home-based businesses within our community," says Commission Chair Debbie O’Malley. "This ordinance helps to open a door for small business growth, which will ultimately have a positive impact on our local economy."
The ordinance will go into effect 30 days from its date of adoption. To obtain a home-based food processing permit, certain health and sanitation requirements must be met.
For more information about the home-based food processing permit and how to apply for one, contact the Bernalillo County Office of Health and Social Services at 505-314-0310.
A $50 yearly business permit is required which includes training. The home-based food produced under this ordinance cannot be sold to restaurants or other retail outlets.