- Farmers markets
- Food stands
- Retail stores
- Mail orders
Although online sales are not allowed, advertising products over the internet is fine.
The sales limit will increase to $25,000 on January 1st, 2018.
Although there is no required application or procedures required to start a cottage food business, it is recommended that producers watch a Cottage Food Training Video (a certificate to display at a food stand is available for $10). They also recommend that an on-site water well is checked annually for safety, and on-site septic systems should also be evaluated regularly.
- Baked goods with alcohol
- Caramel corn
- Chocolate-covered fruit
- Chocolate-covered items
- Cotton candy
- Dried fruit
- Dried vegetables
- Dry coffee
- Hard candies
- Jams & jellies
- Nut butters
- Nuts & seeds
- Soft candies
- Sweet breads
Only food items in these categories are allowed:
Vanilla extract and baked goods with alcohol are allowed, though they have special licensing requirements.
Nut butters must be tested in a lab before being sold.
Confections that contain alcohol and focaccia-style breads are not allowed.
To check if a specific kind of product is allowed, contact the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development at 800-292-3939 or MDA-Info@michigan.gov
- Product name
- Business name
- Business address
- Phone number
- Email address
- Net weight
- Date produced
- Nutrition info
Chocolate Chip Cookies
"Made in a home kitchen that has not been inspected by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development" (11-point type)
Forrager Cookie Company
123 Chewy Way
Cookietown, MI 73531
Ingredients: enriched flour (wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), butter (cream, salt), semi-sweet chocolate (sugar, chocolate, cocoa butter, milkfat, soy lecithin, natural flavors), brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, vanilla extract (vanilla bean extract, alcohol, sugar), baking soda, salt (salt, calcium silicate)
Contains: milk, eggs, wheat, soy
NET WT 2 lb 4 oz (1.02 kg)
If any nutritional claim is made, it must adhere to the federal labeling requirements.
A PO box is not acceptable as a cottage food business address.
A producer must not prepare foods for personal use at the same time they are preparing foods for their business.
Pets and children must be kept out of the kitchen while preparing food.
Preparing cottage food products in a commercial kitchen is not allowed.