Michigan adopted the Cottage Food Law in 2010, providing guidelines for individuals to prepare non-potentially hazardous foods in a home kitchen. Only certain foods can be prepared and sold directly to the consumer without a license under this law.

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bigstock-Stacked-Chocolate-chip-cookies-161282153The Cottage Food Law is a great opportunity for individuals to generate revenue by making and selling food for which they have a passion. It is also a good opportunity for entrepreneurs to try a new venture and see if operating a food business might be right for them.   

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is the agency that provides oversight of the retail sales of food, including the Cottage Food Law. There are many conditions that have to be met in order for food to be considered a cottage food:

  • Only non-potentially hazardous foods that do not require time and temperature control for safety can be produced in a home kitchen. For example, bread, muffins, cookies, and granola.
  • The food can only be prepared in the kitchen of the person’s primary residence.
  • The food can only be sold to customers directly, such as at farmers markets, roadside stands or craft fairs. No products can be sold to retail stores, restaurants, to wholesalers, other distributors, online (including Facebook) or via mail. 
  • The maximum gross dollar amount a cottage food business can sell is $25,000; otherwise proper licensing would have to be obtained.

Only certain foods are allowed. To find out more, visit MDARD’s website on the Cottage Food Law.  MSU Extension has a bulletin with more information about the Michigan Cottage Food Law.  Click here to access the bulletin.  

MSU Extension offers face-to-face and online classes to learn more about the law. For more information, you can also check out the MSU Extension Product Center's Guide to Selling Food in Michigan.



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