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Montana has a very simple exemption that allows for the sale of baked goods and preserves at farmers markets only.

The state still does not have a modern cottage food law, but they are in the process of conducting a study, which is supposed to analyze the implementation of a cottage food law in the state. The study was supposed to be completed by May 2014.


Allowed Foods

Home canned vegetables or pickled items are not allowed.

Operators can also sell hot coffee and hot tea (without fresh milk or cream) at a farmers market.

Only "non-potentially hazardous" foods are allowed, but certain non-PHFs may not be allowed. Most foods that don't need to be refrigerated (foods without meat, cheese, etc.) are considered non-potentially hazardous. Learn more


There is no sales limit



Melissa Tuemmler

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Food and Consumer Safety Program, Montana Department of Health and Human Services
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You site is somwhat incorrect in that Montana has, by State Law, allowed the sale of home baked goods and jams and jellies at Farmers Markets for more than 35 years. MCA 50-50-202 (3) (b) “A license is not required of a person selling baked goods or preserves at a farmer’s market.” See the link for more information:

I am a Sanitarian for Missoula County in Montana and have been for 38 years. We have been allowing the sale of these “cottage foods’ at Farmers Markets for a very long time.

    Thanks so much for sharing this, Jim. Sometimes it’s difficult to dig up this info online or find it in a law, so I’m really glad you directed me to it. I’m sure it will be helpful to many people.

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