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Let’s Talk Cottage Foods


Let’s talk about cottage foods! Look it’s no secret, a Cottage Food business is rewarding and a gateway to entrepreneurship. The journey is challenging, like starting any small business venture. But for the first time, there is a new report that offers insight into this rarely discussed industry.

Recently, I spoke with Jennifer McDonald, of the Institute for Justice. Her new report offers an artful look into the wonderful world of cottage foods. Take a look. Flour Power: How Cottage Food Entrepreneurs Are Using Their Home Kitchens to Become Their Own Bosses.

Flour Power takes a real deep dive into the Cottage Food Industry. The report examines who CFO’s (Cottage Food Operators) are and why they are important. We would love to hear your thoughts and if you are a cottage food operator share your story. It’s time to support one another and gain the respect we deserve as serious contributors to the food industry.

It should be noted that cottage food laws across the U. S. differ. The type of products that can be produced varies, along with where products can be sold and to whom.  What do cottage food operations around the U.S. have in common? What all small businesses have in common.

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If we take a look at online sales, we’ll discover that Florida allows product sales online. But CFOs must deliver to the customer in person. Georgia allows online sales as long as the customer is within the state. Arkansas amended its law in 2017 and now allows sales at online farmers markets, in addition to physical farmers markets.

Maryland prohibits online sales. NY allows shipping within the state, but there are limitations. AZ has no limits where cottage food products can be sold. In Kansas, foods may be sold directly to the end consumer only. Internet sales are permitted if the foods are shipped to the customer’s home or delivered by the producer directly to the end consumer.

Kentucky sales may only be made directly to the consumer within the state. Online direct sales are allowed however it is unclear if shipping is allowed. And in MN cottage food products may be sold over the Internet as long as the producer directly delivers the products to the ultimate consumer.
If you are interested in learning about the other states email us at contact@foodpreneurinstitute.com

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Looking for your state cottage food rule/regulation? Here’s the map.

Who is Jennifer McDonald?

Jennifer McDonald is a research analyst at the Institute for Justice. She conducts original social science research as part of the strategic research team.

Jennifer’s research on Cottage Foods is showcased in:

Flour Power: How Cottage Food Entrepreneurs Are Using Their Home Kitchens to Become Their Own Bosses

Jennifer McDonald, Research Analyst
Institute for Justice
Strategic Research
Email: jmcdonald@ij.org
Phone: (703) 682-9320