Marquette, MI – April 17, 2017 – With summer coming right around the corner, it’s almost time for warm Saturday afternoons spent at the Farmers Market. If you’re one that loves to bake, you can sell your delicious goodies thanks to the Cottage Food Law.
Michelle Walk stopped by the 8th Day with Todd Pazz to talk about her Cottage Food Law Workshop.
The Cottage Food Law was adopted back in 2010. The law allows individuals to make low hazard products in their home kitchens such as cookies, cakes, breads, pies, etc. and sell them directly to consumers. The need for the law came about when interest in Farmers Markets in Michigan grew. Under the law people can sell these homemade goods at places like Farmers Markets where they are in demand.
Anyone interested in selling their homemade goods are still responsible for safe food practices. This is what Walk’s workshops cover. The two classes coming up, April 26th in Rudyard and May 23rd in Ironwood, will go over food safety practices. Under the Cottage Food Law, items sold must have very specific labeling that lists ingredients, allergens, and show that it was not inspected by the MDARD (Michigan department of Agriculture and Rural development).
The class will also provide some marketing components such as where to sell the products and how to advertise them.
If you are not able to physically make it to the workshops, you can take the class online through the MSU Extension site. The class takes about 2 hours in person, and is slightly shorter if taken online.
For more information about the Michigan Cottage Food Law please click here.