Local Foods: Selling Foods that Must be Temperature Controlled Back »

Written by Joan Hegerfeld-Baker (former SDSU Extension Food Safety Specialist).


Farmers Markets offer a unique marketing opportunity to farmers market vendors. Explore some of the regulatory aspects of licenses that a producer, vendor or market may need to apply for in order to sell a product that must be temperature controlled for safety. Farmers market vendors are exempt from licensing, unless they are selling a food that must be temperature controlled for safety.

Licensed kitchens, temporary food stands and mobile food stands are all different types of food service licenses that are granted by the South Dakota Department of Health. The product, goals and location of the food market will all help determine which license is necessary.

Refer to the following for more information on specific types of food licenses

Refer to the following for specific foods and guidelines for information regarding safe handling practices and regulation:

Additional Resources


South Dakota Farmers Market Online Guidebook

This article is a portion of the South Dakota Farmers Market Online Guidebook.

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