How to become a certified home-based microprocessor

By Rachel Hance - Logan County Extension Agent for Family & Consumer Sciences

Have you ever considered marketing and selling your own canned produce? If so, we have some information for you. On March 24, 2016, the Logan County Extension Office will be hosting a Homebased Microprocessor Workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There is a fee for this workshop of $50. Please call the Logan County Extension Office for more information. This videotaped HBM workshop is required to become a Homebased Microprocessor in Kentucky. It is the first in a series of steps which includes recipe approval (at a cost of $5 per recipe), verification of an approved water source, and annual certification by the Kentucky Food Safety Branch (with a certification fee of $50 per year). To qualify, farmers must live and farm in Kentucky. The final product must contain a fruit, vegetable, nut or herb grown by the farmer. Products may be sold from the farm, registered farmers markets or certified roadside stands.

Once certified, Homebased Microprocessors may sell products such as canned tomatoes and tomato products, pickled fruits and vegetables, salsa, barbecue sauce, pepper or herb jellies, pressure-canned vegetables, and low- or no-sugar jams and jellies.

Homebased Processors in Kentucky may sell lower-risk products such as fruit jams, jellies, butters, and syrups; dried fruits, vegetables, nuts, and herbs; baked goods containing a fruit, vegetable, nut, or herb grown by the processor; cut fruits and vegetables; and pre-packaged mixed greens. No fee is associated with becoming a Homebased Processor and the HBM workshop is not required. However, processors must register each year with the

KY Food Safety Branch. To request an application, contact Jeff Lunsford ([email protected] or 502-229-4188).

For more information, or to register for the workshop, call Debbie Clouthier at 859-257-1812 or visit

By Rachel Hance

Logan County Extension Agent for Family & Consumer Sciences

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