Board of Health approves pop-up meat sales

By Douglas McCulloch | May 17, 2017
Photo by: Douglas McCulloch The Board of Health approved the new satellite location policy at its May 17 meeting.

Locally-produced meat could be easier to buy thanks to a policy change approved by the Board of Health.

At its May 17 meeting, the board approved a new satellite location policy. Through the policy, farmers already cleared to sell meat on their physical premises can apply to set up shop at locations other than their farms on a limited, temporary basis.

“It’s a no-brainer provided we have controls in place,” said Director of Public Health Christopher Michaud, adding that the change could open up meat sales at farmer’s markets and community events.

Geoff Kinder, owner of Paradox Acres, spoke in favor of the policy change. He raises animals at Round the Bend Farm, and hopes to set up shop at more centrally located farms during their CSA pick-up days when there is increased foot traffic.

“I’m on the end of a road,” Kinder explained. “My hope is to be able to take my meat and sell it at other farms.”

Michaud said he hopes to write regulations by next week for the new program. They will include guidelines on refrigeration and notification requirements.

“We don’t want to see Igloo coolers. You’ll need a refrigerator,” Michaud said. He also suggested limiting who can conduct direct sales, and outlining a registration process.

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