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"Is this legal?" That's a question often asked about local food sales. Check the fact sheets below and then talk to your local inspector about your specific plans.

Local food inspectors are ready to help you. We encourage you to connect with them in the beginning to help you through your local food purchases. Because local food sales and purchases by Minnesota school districts have soared in recent years, some local county and city health inspectors are not aware of all of the state rules that support these types of sales. If there seems to be an issue with how regulations are interpreted at the local level, contact the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's Dairy and Food Inspection Division to ask for clarification: 651-201-6627.

Geographic Preference

Questions School Foodservice Can Ask Farmers About On-farm Food Safety Practices

Regulations for Buying from Farmers

Legal Issues Impacting Farm to School and School Garden Programs in MinnesotaPublic Health Law Center — This legal synopsis provides an overview of the key legal issues involved in farm to school and school garden programs in Minnesota.

The following fact sheets were developed in collaboration between the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the University of Minnesota Extension.

Fruits, Vegetables, and Mushrooms

Meat and Poultry



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