Rockgate Farm

  (Conway, Missouri)
A Small Slice of Heaven!
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So, let the games begin!

So, it finally happened.....The Government drew a line in the sand  that I just wouldn't/couldn't cross.   Just one more hit to the small farmer/producer. 

In my misguided attempt to "do it right", I made it past the county and the state requirements.  I attended their Process Control School.  I got myself certified every which way....I cooked in a commercially inspected kitchen, but it just wasn't enough.

NOW, I need to be registered with Homeland Security....I could actually be a potential bio terrrorist.  Lord knows how many people I could do in with my Salsa and  I realize that I could be considered a Serial Pickler, but this is down right ridiculous. 

Once I break down and register with Homeland Security...we begin the actual process control.  Each one of my products, in each size jar is considered a process.  Each process must be submitted to an independant Process Authority to be tested and approved.  That cost can range anywhere from $250-$500 per process.  I estimated that it would cost me somewhere in the $40,000.00 range to get all my processes approved.....That's a lot of pickles!!

And, should any of my ingredients change....such as the variety of tomatoes in my Salsa, it's a new process.  Sweet, huh?

So, bottom is no longer legal for me to SELL salsa, pickles or relish.  Can't afford the process costs.  So, I've closed my listings. 

Now, you dairy people out there who complain because you can only sell raw milk from the farm...take notice...I don't even have that option.  I cannot sell acidified foods at all.  I am completely shut down.  FEDERAL.  My Grandmothers would be mortified.

Home processing is now becoming a thing of the past.  Unless your name is Libby, Del Monte, or are  most likely not producing legally.  Anything promoted as  Amish actually produced in a factory.  Where I come from, Amish don't work in factories.  Home made pickles are only for personnal consumption.  Those Hot Pickled Eggs that I've made so popular...are no longer available....unless you have something to trade:)

Hey, let's bring barter back on a large scale!!

But then again, they would probably figure out a way to regulate that also :(


Preserving the Right to Preserve


Ok, so I may be a little out of touch with the times, and granted...I do live in my own little world....but I like it here!!!  In my little world, we remember and follow family traditions.  We respect and treasure what we learn from our Mothers and Grandmothers.  We value those traits and skills that they took the time to teach us.

After all, they did reach maturity and live to a ripe old age.....even without the FDA, USDA, Health Department, and Home-land Security monitoring their every move.  Most of my relatives have lived into their 70's and 80's quite well drinking raw milk and eating home canned food.

So, what's so different about today?  Well, to start with, you most certainly cannot produce high acid or acidified foods without a certified kitchen, and "process control".  I'm not going to go into a bunch of detail about this, other then to say that you can forget home-made pickles and relishes.  If you get them, they're most certainly NOT home-made.  Federal Statute won't allow it!! 

Can you imagine having to register with Home-land Security...just to sell Salsa?  It's true!!!  And you Dairy people think you've got it bad......At least you have the "pick up at the farm" option.  Picklers can't even do that!!!  If you notice, I've shut down all my listings for pickles, relishes and salsas.  Wouldn't want to end up in "the Pen" for pushing pickles.

Hmmm, market pickles :)  Does give one pause to question  things a bit, doesn't it?  


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