• Using the MSU Product Center to Take Your Cottage Food to the Next Level

    Published on February 23, 2023
    Diane Longanbach, a MSU Product Center Innovation Counselor, talks with Kara Lynch on the services that the Product Center provides. If you have a cottage food, or a value added product that you would like to take to the next level, the Product Center is a great way to start. Learn what type of services they provide and how you can connect with them.

  • Think Food Safety in Your Garden

    Published on February 23, 2023
    Mariel Borgman talks with Kara Lynch on how practices at the produce grower level impact the safety of our food. What are the checkpoints that produce growers make sure they meet and how does this apply to you at your home garden? Listen in to find out more about these focus areas.

  • Interview with a New Home Food Preserver

    Published on August 2, 2022
    Laurie Messing, seasoned Food Safety Educator and home food preserver talks with Ghaida Havern, fellow Food Safety Educator, but new to preserving food. Ghaida shares her insight on what important tips and tricks she has learned since she began preserving food including where to find resources, what to start with, and how to be prepared so you are successful as you preserve your harvest.

  • Getting Ready to Preserve

    Published on June 21, 2022
    Laurie Messing, MSU Extension Food Safety Educator talks with Lisa Treiber, fellow MSU Extension Food Safety educator, about how to prepare for your food preservation season. It is important to have adequate equipment, ingredients and safe recipes before beginning to preserve food, so let's hear from the experts on what you need to know before the harvesting season.

  • What You Need to Know About Getting a Food License

    Published on March 10, 2022
    MSU Extension talks with Steve Ellis, a Senior Environmental Health Specialist in Saginaw, Michigan about the importance of getting a food license. If you've wondered where to go or what steps you need to follow to make your food business legal, this episode can help you get started as Steve answers your questions.

  • Getting Started, What You Need to Know About the Cottage Food Law

    Published on January 12, 2022
    Kara Lynch, MSU Food Safety Educator talks with Karen Fifield, fellow Food Safety Educator to get a full explanation of the Michigan Cottage Food Law and why some food is allowed and others are not. Discover resources to help you establish your cottage food business.

  • Purchasing and Selling at the Market: Cottage Foods vs. Licensed Foods

    Published on January 11, 2022
    In this episode of Think Food Safety, Kara Lynch, Food Safety Educator, talks with Katrina Sokol, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Food Inspector on why some foods are classified as cottage foods and other foods need a license. Whether you are a vendor or consumer, join us to find out more about how to identify the differences and purchase safe food.