Supporting Local Producers

Supporting Local Producers

Friday, May 27, 2022

Indiana Grown, created by the Indiana Department of Agriculture, boasts almost 2,000 members that sell locally made products. Homegrown food products continue to increase in popularity, and Hoosier vendors often provide an abundance for consumers. Previously, Indiana producers were only able to sell their products at farmers' markets or roadside stands.

House Enrolled Act 1149 broadens the number of places home-based vendors can sell their products. The law allows these vendors to sell their products online, from their homes and from any other location that lets them sell directly to consumers within the state. This provides an easier opportunity for these vendors to expand their businesses outside of farmers' market season.

HEA 1149 also highlights requirements regarding food safety when selling products. A home-based vendor must obtain a food handler certificate and follow the guidelines for proper handling practices and disease control measures.

Locally grown and made products are an important part of Indiana's economy. These new provisions will provide more opportunity for local producers to increase revenue and grow their businesses.

To read more about HEA 1149 and other legislation passed this session, click here.