Well, it’s all over but the celebrating! The legislative bill, LD 725 “An Act To Recognize Local Control Regarding Food Systems,” has been passed by the Maine Legislature and signed into law by the Governor.
What this means is that a local farmer or gardener may sell self-grown food products to local residents without the approval of the state or federal governments. However, meat or poultry must pass the approval of the federal government or its designee.
An ordinance adopted by a municipality pursuant to this section must apply only to food or food products that are grown, produced or processed by individuals within that municipality who sell directly to consumers. Any food or food products grown, produced or processed in the municipality needs no federal oversight.
There’s only one catch. This law requires an ordinance adopted by a municipality which will apply only to food or food products grown or processed in the municipality by individuals who sell directly to local consumers.
Any food or food products grown, produced or processed in the municipality intended for wholesale or retail distribution outside of the municipality must be grown, produced or processed in compliance with all applicable state and federal laws, rules and regulations.
So, fellow Grangers, go forth and grow your food products without fear of the federal government coming along to slap you in irons only because you’re selling your pride and joy to your neighbors.