Fresh & Local
Wyoming – not California, or the west coast or even New England, but Wyoming – has now jumped into the lead as the national hotbed for local artisan foods.
As I wrote in the previous column, earlier this month, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead signed into law the “Wyoming Food Freedom Act.” Under this first-in-the-nation law, direct-to-consumer food sales by farmers and other food producers cannot be subjected to any “licensure, permitting, certification, inspection, packaging, or labeling” requirements by state agencies.
The bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Tyler Lindholm (R-District 1), calls it, “a measure designed to stop overregulation of locally produced foods.” He points out that the new law takes “local foods off the black market. It will no longer be illegal to buy a lemon meringue pie from your neighbor or a jar of milk from your local farm.” Continue reading