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Horticulture and Farmers Market Bureau
Food and Consumer Safety

Iowa Department of Inspections & Appeals

Lucas State Office Building
Second Floor
Des Moines IA 50319

County Health Departments 

Food Licenses:

Farmers Market License and Mobile Food License - Contact Food & Consumer Safety Bureau or County Health Dept.

Example of Farmers Market License 

Temporary Food Establishment Guidelines 

The following products may not be sold at a farmers market without appropriate licensing from local, state or federal authorities:

1. Potentially hazardous food products,
which include meat, poultry, dairy products
2. With the sole exception of jams and jellies, no “home style” canned goods can be sold at farmers markets, since food in a hermetically sealed container shall be obtained from a licensed food processing plant. (Section 3-201.12 of the Food Code which has been adopted by Section 137F.2 of the Code of Iowa)


On-Farm Food Safety: Guide to Cleaning and Sanitizing
On-Farm Food Safety: Guide to Food Handling
On-Farm Food Safety: Guide to Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs)
Food Safety Begins on the Farm – A Growers Guide  


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