The goal of this program is to prevent illnesses associated with food service establishments.
This program provides services in the following areas:
Regulatory requirements vary depending on the type of foods you plan to make and how you plan to sell them. You must contact either the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets or the Cayuga County Health Department.
If you plan to make foods such as certain baked goods, jellies or snack mixes, you may qualify for a Home Processor Exemption from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. This will allow you to prepare food in your home kitchen for wholesale or retail sale at agricultural farm venues. See Information for Home Processors from the Department of Agriculture and Markets.
If you plan prepare and sell foods and are not eligible for a Home Processor exemption from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, you will need to obtain a Food Service Establishment permit. Your home kitchen cannot be used, however a separate kitchen located in your residence may be acceptable.