The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, Kentucky Department of Agriculture, and Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services are partnering to support farm friendly legislation.  House Bill 391 and Farmers Market Legislation allow Kentucky farmers who grow and harvest produce to use their home kitchens to process value-added products, which may then be sold at registered farmers markets, certified roadside stands, or the processor’s farm.  To qualify under the program, the final product must contain a primary or predominant ingredient which is a fruit, vegetable, nut or herb that is grown by the farmer in Kentucky.

Homebased Microprocessors

Homebased microprocessorHomebased Microprocessors may sell higher risk products such as canned tomatoes, pickled fruits and vegetables, salsas, barbecue sauce, pepper or herb jellies, herbal vinegars, low- or no-sugar jams and jellies, and pressure-canned vegetables.  The first step to becoming certified as a Homebased Microprocessor is to attend a Homebased Microprocessor (HBM) workshop presented by the University of Kentucky.  The cost of the workshop is $50.00.  Next, recipes for all products to be sold under the program must be submitted to the University of Kentucky for approval, at a fee of $5.00 per recipe.  Proof of workshop completion, approved recipes, draft labels for all products, and verification of an approved water source are then attached to the application for HBM certification and sent to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services/Food Safety Branch, along with a $50.00 certification fee. Once full HBM certification is received from the Food Safety Branch, it is up to the Homebased Microprocessor to follow approved recipes and recommended safe canning procedures in producing their value-added products.  The $50.00 certification fee must be paid to the Food Safety Branch each year that the Homebased Microprocessor wishes to sell under the program.  Questions should be directed to Annhall Norris at 859-257-1812 or

Homebased Processors

Information on Homebased Processors is being updated at this time.

Please contact the Food Safety Branch, 502-564-7181 for questions and additional information.


Commercial Food Manufacturing Permit

If the processor does not grow a primary ingredient of their value-added product, a Commercial Food Manufacturing Permit is required.  Foods manufactured under this permit must be produced in a permitted kitchen that meets commercial food manufacturing requirements.  The Commercial permit allows sales from additional locations beyond those open to Homebased Processors and Microprocessors.  These locations/venues include restaurants, grocery stores, gift shops, wholesale, interstate, and internet sales.  Farmers markets, roadside stands, and the processor’s farm are still included as allowable sales locations.  For more information on obtaining a Commercial Food Manufacturing Permit, visit the Kentucky Food Safety Branch website or contact the Food Safety Branch, 502-564-7181.