Unless ofc you are intentionally breaking laws that have been in force for years and years. Ignorance of the law is not an excuse.Sometimes in life, it’s better to ask forgiveness than for permission.:applause:
In our area the rules around selling our product are fairly clear. We can sell direct, and do, we have a farm stand and most of our product is sold thru the farm stand. We could go to one of the local farm markets if we wanted to, selling via the farm market is also permitted. There is another market in the area, they require all vendors to have an inspection certificate for the facility in which the product is produced / packaged.
If we want to sell it in local stores, a health certificate for the packing facility is required, which can be obtained thru the local health authority. As honey is considered a 'low risk' product, the standards required are not terribly difficult to meet, and in reality, your packing facility should meet those standards anyways. but 'in the home kitchen' does NOT meet standards, if that's your way of doing it, then selling from your own property or a farmers market in person is the only way allowed around here.
We can ship anywhere within the province with just a health certificate from the health authority. But, if we want to ship honey beyond the province, then we need to upgrade our facility to be inspected by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which has much higher standards than required for local store sales. If we upgrade our facility to CFIA standards, then we can ship honey anywhere.
In our own case, we can sell all we produce and then some at the farm stand, so, have little interest in trying to sell elsewhere. I have zero interest in spending every saturday at the farmers market, and see no need to upgrade our facility to the standards required by CFIA. I may change my tune if we get up to the point where we struggle to sell our honey thru the farm stand, but that's a long ways off, we'll need to be producing 5000 pounds or more for that to happen. We have a little under a thousand pounds in inventory right now, and will have to ration how much we put out at the stand over the next few months so we dont run out before first extraction next year.