This has been a great year for local food. Though the pressures of high volume organic producers continues and large retailers like Walmart are getting deeper into selling food which they can label local and organic, it’s becoming easier for packaged and non-packaged foods to acquire bar codes which can positively identify their source location and link to the farm’s website or other info.
IF you are interested in labeling your food products with bar-codes, see http://www.ourlocale.org and purchase a package which seems best for your farm. You can link QR codes to your farm’s website and you can find ways to print your code on labeling equipment at your local butchershop or processor ( via their label printers)
IF you think your farm is ready for label printing with QR codes or internationally accepted bar-codes ( which many stores now require) then search and select bar-codes for your farm. Each individually owned farm is entitled to reduced pricing on these codes which should help you to get your products on the shelves of your local store.
Write below in comments section if you have other recent experiences with labeling and contact the great folks at http://www.ourlocale.org for information. See Beefy Boys Jerky for examples of bar-codes on packaged foods which include farm source and processing location information.
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