Under the Cottage Food Law, specific types of foods can be made in an unlicensed home kitchen and sold directly to customers.
Important information on the Cottage Food Law:
- Not all foods can be made and sold as Cottage Foods. Cottage foods must be shelf-stable, meaning they are non-potentially hazardous foods that do not require time and/or temperature controls for safety (do not require refrigeration).
- Cottage Foods must be directly sold to customers at farmers markets, farm markets, roadside stands or other face-to-face markets.
- Cottage Foods can't be sold to retail stores, restaurants, over the internet, by mail order, or to wholesalers, brokers, or other food distributors who resell foods.
- Cottage Foods must be labeled in a specific way, and include the statement, "Made in a home kitchen that has not been inspected by the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development."
- The amount of money you can make selling Cottage Foods is currently limited to gross sales of $25,000 per year.
Foods that can be made and sold under the Cottage Food Law
- Baked goods
- Cakes, including celebration cakes (birthday, anniversary, wedding)
- Quick breads and muffins (e.g., pumpkin or zucchini bread, blueberry muffins)
- Cooked fruit pies, including pie crusts made with butter, lard, or shortening
- Fruit jams and jellies (as defined in 21 CFR part 150) in glass jars that can be stored at room temperature (except vegetable and other non-fruit based jams/jellies)
- Confections and candies (made without alcohol)
- Dry herbs and dry herb mixtures
- Dry baking mixes
- Dry dip mixes
- Dry soup mixes
- Dehydrated vegetables or fruits
- Cotton Candy
- Non-potentially hazardous dry bulk mixes sold wholesale can be repackaged into a Cottage Food product. Similar items already packaged and labeled for retail sale cannot be repackaged and/or relabeled.
- Chocolate covered pretzels, marshmallows, graham crackers, Rice Krispies treats, strawberries, pineapple, bananas, or other non-TCS foods
- Coated or uncoated nuts
- Dried pasta made with or without eggs
- Roasted coffee beans or ground roasted coffee
- Vinegar and flavored vinegars
Foods that cannot be made and sold under the Cottage Food Law
- Meat and meat products like fresh and dried meats (jerky)
- Fish and fish products like smoked fish
- Raw seed sprouts
- Vegetable jams/jellies (e.g., hot pepper jelly)
- Canned fruits or vegetables like salsa or canned peaches
- Canned fruit or vegetable butters like pumpkin or apple butter
- Canned pickled products like corn relish, pickles, or sauerkraut
- Pies or cakes that require refrigeration to assure safety like banana cream, pumpkin, lemon meringue or custard pies; cheesecake; and cakes with glaze or frosting that requires refrigeration (e.g., cream cheese frosting)
- Milk and dairy products like cheese or yogurt
- Cut melons
- Caramel apples
- Garlic in oil mixtures
- All beverages, including fruit/vegetable juices, Kombucha tea, and apple cider
- Ice and ice products
- Cut tomatoes or chopped/shredded leafy greens
- Confections that contain alcohol, like truffles or liqueur-filled chocolates
- Focaccia style breads with fresh vegetables and/or cheeses
- Food products made from fresh cut tomatoes, cut melons or cut leafy greens
- Food products made with cooked vegetable products that are not canned
- Sauces and condiments, including barbeque sauce, hot sauce, ketchup, or mustard
- Salad dressings
- Pet food or treats (A commercial feed license is required to make in a home kitchen)
For more information and specific Cottage Food requirements, please visit: www.michigan.gov/cottagefood