What regulations do I need to follow to sell jam and jelly at a Farmer’s Market?

Canning jars Photo Credit: USDA via FlickrJams and jellies are regulated under the South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA). They are not regulated under the Cottage Food Law, and therefore cannot be produced in a home kitchen. In order to sell jams and jellies at a Farmer’s Market you must meet the following regulations:

  1. Have jam or jelly prepared in an approved facility
  2. Apply for a Registration Verification Certificate, which initiates an inspection by SCDA to verify the safety of your facility and food production process and that it meets all state and federal regulations
  3. Have your product label reviewed by SCDA
  4. Comply with regular unannounced inspections of your facility and process by SCDA

Non-standard jams and jellies require product testing by a process authority to ensure product safety.

To get more information about product testing please see the Product Testing Form and Product Testing Fact Sheet.

For more information contact Kimberly Baker at kabaker@clemson.edu (Food2Market Coordinator), Adair Hoover at cpope@clemson.edu (Food2Market Program Assistant), or Angie Culler-Matthews the Food Safety and Compliance Manager for the South Carolina Department of Agriculture at aculler@scda.sc.gov.