Are you thinking of a cottage food business?

Consider taking a Cottage Food Law class through MSU Extension.

Spring is a time when many people think about making money by selling foods during the summer months. A cottage food business is one in which you can make products in your own home, without a license, to sell at farmer markets and roadside stands. If this sounds like something you’ve wanted to try, there are classes available through Michigan State University Extension to help you with the process.

How to Begin a Successful Cottage Food Business is offered throughout Michigan by MSU extension food safety educators and innovation counselors from the MSU Product Center. Search for classed in your county online under programs for “Cottage Food Law”. The in-person class takes approximately two hours.

If you are interested, you can also take the food safety portion of the Cottage Food Law class online. The online class is only $10 and guides you through safely making and packaging foods in your home, labeling and transporting to a venue with care for food safety. This can be done at home on any schedule.

After completing either of the Cottage Food Law classes, a certificate can be printed that can be displayed at a booth or roadside stand. That can be a great piece for gaining an advantage with others selling these value-added goods.

If you are interested in beginning a home food business or just want to find out what a cottage food business is about, check out our classes. If you would like more information about food safety, contact your local MSU Extension office or call 888-MSUE4MI (888-678-3463).

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