The New Milford Town Council has taken up a request for a zoning regulation change. This stemmed from an anonymous complaint about a local farm stand and health concerns with meat and baked goods being sold.
Mayor Pete Bass says he brought the Right to Farm ordinance up Monday night to correct what he said was misleading information circulating on Facebook.
Farmer Joe Quaranta of Boardman Bridge Farmers Market wants the town to make it easier to have farm stands. The issue was referred to the zoning commission.
Some Town Council members questioned who made the complaint and where the photos were taken. Health Director Michael Crespan says they were purported to be screenshots of posts by the farm in question. He added that the farm was closed when he went to investigate and could not confirm their validity. He says this is all about food safety. The health department has not issued any violations or orders to close.
Under state and federal regulations, meat and baked goods can not be sold at farm stands. Farmers are allowed to sell their fruits and vegetables if they are sold as harvested. A commercial kitchen and other permits are required for prepared foods sold. The sale of cheeses and meats require licenses.