Maryland’s laws are quite restrictive, only allowing cottage food businesses to sell at farmers markets or at public events, and limiting them to $25,000 of sales per year. However, there are no licensing procedures or fees, so it’s really easy to get started.
The laws state that the food must be sold at “a location in a farmer’s market or at a public festival or event where raw agricultural products are sold”.
Honey must be unflavored.
Cottage food businesses do not have to collect state sales tax in Maryland.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
"Made by a cottage food business that is not subject to Maryland's food safety regulations." (10-point type)
Forrager Cookie Company
123 Chewy Way, Cookietown, MD 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 claims are made, they must adhere to the federal labeling requirements.
- Job Title
- Chief of Department
- Center for Facility & Process Review, Office of Food Protection, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
- Job Title
- Food Quality Assurance, Maryland Department of Agriculture
- October 2012
- SB 550