The use of a co-packing 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 co-packing 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, the market may, at its discretion, make exceptions to this rule. There are two exceptions the market is more willing to consider: Market Vendor Collaborations, and the 100% Farm Rule.
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-winning 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.
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 co packers 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 processes 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)
- any private-label arrangement
- any product manufactured outside of our geographical territory
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 co-packing 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.