Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill this week that will support local, small-scale growers and producers by creating alternative methods for them to sell homemade goods.

The legislation will allow growers to sell products directly to consumers, by exempting home kitchens from certain health inspections that are generally applied to large retailers. Home kitchens willb e trained on safe food handling, and processing procedures, as well as labeling requirements to ensure healthy products. Small businesses that promote locally sourced foods can get a strong start due to these streamlined regulations.

“The passage of this legislation is so important to the economic success of our small farmers and producers,” said Sen. Gail Schwartz of Snowmass in a statement about the bill signing “I encourage everyone to support local producers and your famers’ markets…”

To read more about the new law and how it will affect local producers, click here.