Market Resources and Guidelines
Arkansas Food Freedom Act of 2021
Here's information on the new Arkansas Food Freedom Act of 2021.
The new law takes effect July 28, 2021. It replaces the state’s Cottage Food law, which allowed a few specific homemade food products to be sold directly to consumers without being made in a kitchen certified and inspected by the Arkansas Department of Health.
The Food Freedom Act allows direct sales of homemade food and drink products that do not require time or temperature controls to remain safe and updates labeling requirements. Click the link to read more
COVID-19 Guidelines Spring 2021
The information in the images below contain the latest guidelines from Arkansas state agencies on COVID-19 practices and policies at Farmers Markets as of Spring 2021. More information can be found through this link https://www.uaex.uada.edu/business-communities/local-foods/covid19-resources/farmers_markets.aspx
We will update these guidelines as they evolve.
Resources and Information
Farmers Market Coalition: https://farmersmarketcoalition.org/farmers-markets-covid19/
Arkansas Department of Agriculture: https://www.agriculture.arkansas.gov/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-resource-information/
State by state list of SNAP waivers: https://www.fns.usda.gov/disaster/pandemic/covid-19/snap-waivers-flexibilities
Fair Food Network COVID response: https://fairfoodnetwork.egnyte.com/dl/nimZHlnzax/
FNS Actions to Respond to COVID19: https://www.fns.usda.gov/disaster/pandemic/covid-19
Best Practices Resources
Finding a Local Grower
Map of Food Access in Arkansas
Farmers Market Coalition Webinar on Physical Redesigning Markets During COVID-19 Crisis
Information on Direct Sales Software Platforms
Uplift Arkansas: A Resource for Supporting Local Businesses