A farmers' market and its vendors can be inspected at anytime - with or without knowing ahead of time.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture inspected the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market in 2010, 2012, and 2017. In 2011, at Market Wednesday's request, Franklin County Health worked with vendors one-on-one reviewing regulations and compliance, and inspected the market with ODA in 2017. The market and its vendors passed all inspections (it's pass/fail).
Meat & poultry, egg, and dairy are inspected by Franklin County Public Health. Produce, bakery, cottage foods, and the market are inspected by the State of Ohio Department of Agriculture. The State of Ohio and Franklin County comply with all current federal laws and regulations.
Market Wednesday vendors will feature produce that can be conventionally-grown, chemical-free, or certified organic. A farmer can only be certified organic to claim the term 'organic.' A certified organic farm must be certified by the USDA as organic, which means that the farm (including even beehives) goes through an inspection process by certified government officials to insure that an organic farm meets USDA standards (including organic farming methods and no impact on the environment such as contamination from pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, and other non-organic compounds).
Market Wednesday currently has no certified organic vendors.
Talk to your favorite vendors and they weill tell you how they raise what they bring to market.
New artisan vendors may not join this market until their labeling has been reviewed by ODA (the Ohio Department of Agriculture).
The first day of each market season, Franklin County Weights and Measures visits the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market to certify vendor scales.
The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market must register annually with the State of Ohio, Department of Agriculture. The market voluntarily registers annually with the USDA. Additionally, this market must file for an annual conditional use permit with the City of Westerville, Planning and Development Division.
At this market, by our standards, produce must be fresh-picked, raised by the vendor selling it, and raised in Ohio. Plants and
flowers must be raised in Ohio by the vendor as well. Animals raised to provide food must be raised by the vendor. Artisan foods and products must be made by the vendor.
Vendors selling frozen and refrigerated items must comply with state and county regulations. By Ohio law, meats and poultry must be processed by a state approved plant and sold frozen. Eggs and dairy products are sold refrigerated.
If we have questions, we ask, and you should, too. Get to know your favorite vendors. If you have questions about any product at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market, please don't hesitate to ask the vendor.
For more information:
Franklin County Public Health
State of Ohio, Department of Agriculture
USDA, AMS, Farmers Markets
Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market Vendor Information
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