New! $17 Processing for Growers.

Our goal at The Packing House is to make it easy for growers to process excess crops without all the excess paperwork so we've worked out a sweet deal with the health department.

We've created a streamlined, low-cost option for seasonal processing. No business license, no deposit, and no long-term commitment. Growers can start freezing, drying, and packing right away at a low hourly rate of $17, with no minimum hours required

The Columbia/Boone County Health Department offers a temporary operating permit designed for short-term activities. This is perfect for growers who only need a few days to process crops. Permits for 1 to 3 days are $40 and those for 4 to 14 days are $70. Any continuous activities over 14 days must have a full operating permit.

Our kitchen is fully certified by the Health Department but the short-term permits do require a quick visit from a health inspector to review how the food is being processed. 

Please note, temporary operating permits are available for those selling direct to customer only. A full operating permit is required for those processing food to sell to restaurants or grocery stores. Good news though--restaurants and grocery stores may operate in the kitchen using their existing operating permit. 

Learn more about our new options for farmers at cre8como.com/packing-house-first-stop/ or contact our shared kitchen manager Trish Sieckmann at [email protected].

The Loop
14 Business Loop 70 East
Columbia, MO 65203
573-443-LOOP (5667)

Questions? Contact us at [email protected]

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