Farmers’ markets

An example of our new farmer’s market sign allows for audited farmers to promote their product’s attribute, including GAPs.

Like the rest of the nation, Hawaii’s farmers’ markets are a hit!  The Hawaii Department of Agriculture’s list of Hawaii markets is here, and the federal list of Hawaii markets is here.  A new list for Oahu is here.

Currently, there are no federal, State, county or association standard best practices for farmers’ markets in Hawaii. Some states, counties and market associations outside of Hawaii have made either regulations or developed guidance and some examples are listed below. Thus, at the moment, an uncut raw agricultural product (called, “RAC”) sold in farmers’ markets has no regulatory oversight (as in the case in most states).  “Foods”, however, are regulated by the FDA Food Code 2013 and that authority is passed down to the Hawaii Department of Health. In Hawaii, the Department of Health’s Sanitation Branch issues Food Establishment Permits for those individuals or groups that have a permanent, mobile or temporary establishment and who want to sell “food”.

Farmers market standard operating procedures