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  1. #1
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    Default Texas Honey House Laws or Production Laws

    This year I have 7 hives and plan to gather more for the next couple of years, but I'm not sure what to do about a honey house. For now I'm operating in my garage and home kitchen and I was thinking about selling some honey at the local farmers market. Do I need to get a food handlers permit? Do I need to have a commercial kitchen that has been inspected?

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    Default Re: Texas Honey House Laws or Production Laws

    That question has been discussed here before.http://www.beesource.com/forums/arch.../t-225584.html
    The answer ultimately is 'it depends'. Where I am located I can sell just about anything I want off my front porch or out of the back of my car. The closer you get to a large town or city the harder it gets.
    Generally I've found here in Texas anything goes. Til someone says it doesn't if you know what I mean.

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    Default Re: Texas Honey House Laws or Production Laws

    Some states it maters if you're selling for resale or not.
    If you don't proses the honey or add any fruits, nuts etc. & are selling to the end user it might not mater.
    Dan

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    Default Re: Texas Honey House Laws or Production Laws

    I do not know the laws, need to start looking up, have a couple of options on just going somewhere and packing.
    I do know that the kitchen is a NO-NO.

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    Default Re: Texas Honey House Laws or Production Laws

    Hey kingfisher turning the orchard building into honey house will be setting up all the equipment up over the next month. Will also have wood shop.

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    Default Re: Texas Honey House Laws or Production Laws

    Jerry you need some help could stop by some evenings after work....

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    Default Re: Texas Honey House Laws or Production Laws

    I know this is a old thread but I have searched everywhere for the current requirements for Texas and I have not found any useful links or resources..

    Does anyone know?

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    Default Re: Texas Honey House Laws or Production Laws

    Same here. I've heard it can be pretty tedious, and that the kitchen is not allowed (something to do with minimum distance from a restroom). I'm going to start by calling the TAIS tomorrow. I'd hope they'd know where to direct me. The Texas Rules and Statutes define honey, but make no mention of honey houses or the governing body.

    Much like other hopefuls, I'm going into year three of beekeeping this year. I'm running about 20 hives and in years past have had no problem selling out of what honey I got. So this year I'm turning my focus to honey production (rather than colony production) with the minimum goal of 500 lbs. I think with 5-10 hives dedicated to honey production this should be no problem. Here's to hoping!
    After 20 months I'm over a 20 hives and growing. See my videos! http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8fVrmUsyYlRuASdX6UQk1g

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    Default Re: Texas Honey House Laws or Production Laws

    Here is what I have found. To retail honey in Texas you have to have a food manufacturers license. This is granted by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS). This license is of course only given after you've met their criteria. A major point of this criteria is a stand alone honey house which must pass inspection by I believe the Texas Dept of Agriculture (TDA). I have not found the explicit rules on a honey house, but am aware that it cannot be in your private residence (not your kitchen). I don't know if you could have it in your back yard, or if you have to have a separate property dedicated for the honey house. I would hope you could have it on your home lot, so long as it's not actually IN your home.

    I saw a few pictures of a friend's honey house, and it looked intimidating enough to scare me off. He had a stainless steel three basin sink and a refrigerator. That's more money than I have right now!

    An option of you don't want to have your own facility, you can still market your product by having a co-packer bottle it for you. You might check with your local club to see if someone there is licensed and willing to work with you shares or cash.
    After 20 months I'm over a 20 hives and growing. See my videos! http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8fVrmUsyYlRuASdX6UQk1g

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