Michigan’s cottage food laws are somewhat limited, but many people use them and they are still one of the most active cottage food states.
The number of allowed foods in Michigan are above average, in comparison with other states, but they are very specific about what is allowed. Fortunately, there is no need to obtain a license, which makes it very easy to start a cottage food business. However, the laws are still restricted in that sales are limited to $20,000 per year, and products may only be sold directly to the consumer.
Although online sales are not allowed, advertising products over the internet is fine.
Although vanilla extract and baked goods with alcohol are allowed, they have special licensing requirements.
Nut butters must be tested in a lab before being sold.
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
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.
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)
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.