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 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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