Farmers’ Market Legislation Passes the House

June 15, 2010

Bipartisan legislation to allow Michigan families to enjoy homemade food from local roadside stands and farmers’ markets is headed to the state Senate, after it was unanimously approved by the Michigan House today.

State Rep. John Proos introduced House Bill 5280 to deregulate current Michigan laws and allow vendors at roadside stands and farmers’ markets to produce goods in their own homes,
but require all products to be labeled with “Made in a home kitchen that has not been inspected by the Michigan Department of Agriculture.”

“Farmers’ markets account for millions of dollars in industry each year,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “There are over 150 farmers’ markets in Michigan. This legislation is a way of promoting
and protecting a local agriculture industry in our state – from the state. Every job matters, not only to our families, but to the state’s economic turnaround. We cannot allow government to stand in the way of job opportunities, and this legislation encourages entrepreneurship.”

The legislation introduced by Proos sets the maximum sales at $15,000 per year, and will allow cottage food operations to sell at homes, farmers’ markets, roadside stands, county fairs
and town events.

The legislation now heads to the Senate for consideration.

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