Communities should have the right to decide rules governing small farms that process food -- ranging from chickens to cheese to jam -- sold to people in their own area, said Heather Retberg of Quill's End Farm in Penobscot, which sells farm-raised beef, pork, lamb and eggs.
"What the ordinance does is put the rule of law behind the towns," Retberg
The new Penobscot ordinance won't change how Retberg
husband deal with their existing line of products, since they use a federally certified facility to butcher their cows, pigs and sheep.
But they plan to start processing chickens on their farm, something they'd be forbidden from doing under existing state regulations without constructing a separate chicken-processing building, she