Some legislators are advocating for a broader definition of a "farm stand" in New Hampshire.
State law allows farmers to sell their food at on-site farm stands with relatively few regulations. However, some farmers in remote locations find it difficult to draw shoppers to their farm stands. Those farmers want to sell their food off-site, without triggering retail store regulations.
HB 1382, currently in a study committee, would broaden the legal definition of a farm stand to allow off-site farm stands within a fifty mile radius of the farm. The law would require clear labels for any farm food.
Supporters of HB 1382 argue that the bill will boost the farm economy while increasing opportunities for consumers to eat locally.
Opponents argue that when food is sold off-farm, consumers do not have the same ability to judge the trustworthiness of the farm. Therefore, the state should apply the stricter food safety regulations associated with retail stores whenever farms sell food off-site.
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