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General Production & Business Management
- ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture: ATTRA is a free sustainable agriculture information service for farmers and ranchers and the people that work with them. The ATTRA website includes publications, videos and tutorials related to sustainable and diversified production, marketing, and business management.
- Farm Link Montana: Find land to farm on, markets seeking vendors, mentors, and more.
- Market Load List & Sales Record: A recordkeeping template with instructions from the University of Tennessee Extension.
Selling at Farmers Markets & General Marketing
Montana State Resources & Regulations
Farmer's Market Frequently Asked Questions
A: Potentially hazardous foods require licensing before selling at farmers markets. These foods include cut melon, raw seed sprouts, garlic in oil preserves, a food of animal origin that is raw or heated, and a food of plant origin that is heat-treated. Contact your local county sanitarian for more information on licensing requirements.
A: In general, vendors do not need a special license if they are selling raw and unprocessed farm products such as fruits and vegetables, baked goods, or fruit preserves. To learn more about health and safety regulations applying to farmer's markets, contact your county sanitarian.
A: Any products that include processing of the vegetables (canning, cooking, preserving, peeling, dicing, cutting, etc.) must be approved through the county sanitarian and licensed by the State Health Department before being sold to the public.
A: Baked goods that are NOT potentially hazardous foods subject to spoilage (breads, pastries, cookies, etc.) may be sold at farmer's markets without a license. Baked goods that require refrigeration (cream pies, cream filled pastries, cheesecakes, custard pies, etc.) are considered potentially hazardous and may NOT be sold at farmer's markets. With any questions, contact your county sanitarian.
A: A license is not required to sell fruit or berry jams, jellies, compotes, fruit butters, fruit syrups, marmalades, or similar products at farmer's markets. With any questions, contact your county sanitarian.
A: If vendors are selling products by weight, the scales used must be licensed and inspected annually by the Bureau of Weights & Measures, (406) 841-2240.