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Handler Certification Requirements

To become Certified Delmarva Grown certified and market products using the Certified Delmarva Grown logo, the business must meet the following standards:

  1. The business is located in a Certified Delmarva Grown county.

  2. The business has made a commitment to sourcing and identifying local foods.

  3. The individual applying for certification is the business owner or manager.

Certified Delmarva Grown Counties

Delaware: New Castle, Kent, Sussex.
Maryland: Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne, Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester, Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset.
Virginia: Accomack, Northampton.


Certified Delmarva Grown
Standards

The following standards define the limitations and usage of the Certified Delmarva Grown logo per various agricultural endeavors. All may not apply to each business.

  • Produce products: To be marketed as Certified Delmarva Grown, produce must be grown on a Certified Delmarva Grown farm.

  • Meat products: To be marketed as Certified Delmarva Grown, the animal must have spent 75% of its life after weaning on a Certified Delmarva Grown farm.

  • Nursery plants and trees: To be marketed as Certified Delmarva Grown, plants and trees (at the point of sale), must have spent 75% of life beyond propagation, or at least one year, on a Certified Delmarva Grown farm.

  • Seafood/Aquaculture: To be marketed as Certified Delmarva Grown, seafood must be caught, or cultivated in the waters of the Certified Delmarva Grown region, and associated watercraft must be moored or docked in one of the counties of the Certified Delmarva Grown region.

  • Fiber products:  To be marketed as Certified Delmarva Grown, plant fibers products must have originated from plants grown on a Certified Delmarva Grown farm.  Animal fibers must originate from animals who have spent 75% of life after weaning on a Certified Delmarva Grown farm.

  • Processed farm products: Food processing is any deliberate change in a food that occurs before it is available to the consumer to eat. This includes, but is not limited to, chopping, drying, freezing, canning, or adding value by processing into jams or sauces. To market processed foods as Certified Delmarva Grown, you must comply with all of the following restrictions:

  1. Total production by weight—excluding flour, water, sugar, oil, salt—must be 75% local ingredients from Certified Delmarva Grown farms.

  2. Total product by weight—including all ingredients—must be made from 40% local ingredients from Certified Delmarva Grown farms.

  3. No single product ingredient can come from a mixture of local and non-local sources. For instance, a jar of salsa cannot be a combination of Certified Delmarva Grown tomatoes and tomatoes from a non-local source.

  • Freshly prepared foods: Foods that are freshly prepared are those that are served ready to eat, or identified on a menu. The Certified Delmarva Grown logo should be used to showcase dishes that feature Certified Delmarva Grown foods as the main ingredient, not in token amounts. To market prepared foods as Certified Delmarva Grown you must comply with the following restrictions:

  1. 40% or more of the content of the menu or deli item by volume must from Certified Delmarva Grown farm(s).

  2. Any ingredient included in the name of the dish must be from a Certified Delmarva Grown farm.

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