The final version of the “Local Foods to Local Markets” bill (SB11 - 258) may be found here: http://statebillinfo.com/bills/bills/11/258_01.pdf. This bill will increase consumer access to local, value-added goods, boost local economies, increase the physical health of the people of Colorado while bringing communities together. The bill achieves these goals by directing local boards of health to register growers preparing value-added goods in home kitchens. This is limited to specific, low-risk foods they may sell at farmers' markets. This bill also encourages the study of the benefits of local fresh foods to the state through the Colorado Proud label promoting “fresh and local” products. The bill further promotes agritourism with policies for improved signage for fresh and local foods. It also allows certain egg producers (those who produce less than two hundred fifty dozen eggs per month) to sell their eggs at the farmers' market following food safety guidelines in statue.
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