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Posted on: January 27, 2020

Workshop to Assist Cottage Food Producers Get Registered to Sell Their Products

Just about everyone has a family recipe that they believe would be a runaway success if marketed and sold. But, selling food commercially has several potential pitfalls, which is why the University of Minnesota Extension Office is conducting several workshops throughout the state dealing with the cottage food industry.

In 2015, the Minnesota Legislature passed a law allowing individuals to make cottage foods from their homes (baked goods, pickles, canned fruit and vegetables, jams and jellies, candy, salsa, etc.) without a vendors license, but they are required to take a Minnesota Department of Agriculture-approved food safety training course to register as a Minnesota Cottage Food Producer. 

One such course will be offered Tuesday, Feb. 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Oliver Kelley Farm in Elk River (15788 Kelley Farm Road NW). The historic Kelley Farm is the closest location to Wright County where the safety training program will be conducted this winter/spring.

The course, “Keep It Legal, Keep It Safe, Cottage Food Producers,” is taught by Extension Educator Suzanne Driessen and focuses on food safety practices covered under the Minnesota Cottage Food Law. Topics to be discussed include drying, baking, confections, jams and jellies, acid and acidified fruits/vegetables and fermentation.

Participants will learn how to produce, label, store and transport a safe food product with food safety experts on hand to do the instruction and answer questions. At the workshop, attendees can have their products tested to determine if their product is an allowable non-potentially hazardous food under the Minnesota Cottage Food Law.

Workshop attendance will help participants meet the Tier 2 (annual sales between $5,001 and $18,000 annually) training requirement of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to register as a cottage food producer. Online courses are also available.

The cost of the workshop is $50. Those interested can click on the following link to be directed to the registration website:

For information on how to become a cottage food producer, click this link that will direct you to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to learn about registration requirements:


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