Ohio has very good cottage food laws. They allow operators to sell as much as they want, and the products may be sold directly and indirectly at a limited number of venues in Ohio. Also, there is no registration process or fees to get started. Although the laws were originally implemented in 2001 (making them one of the first cottage food laws in the nation), they amended the laws in 2010 to add more products to the list of allowed foods.
Interestingly, Ohio also has laws for those that want to sell refrigerated baked goods from their homes, like cheesecakes. Those that wish to do so must apply for a home bakery license, which costs $10. For more information, visit the Food Safety page and click “Fact Sheets”, then “Home Bakeries” on the left-hand side.
The only “retail stores” that can sell your products are grocery stores and restaurants. Restaurants may also use your products in their food items.
“Events” must be government-organized festivals or celebrations that do not last longer than seven consecutive days.
“Farmers markets” also includes farm markets and farm product auctions.
Products may also be sold directly from the home.
Online sales are allowed, but all orders must be delivered in-person. Shipping is not allowed.
Baking mixes must be sold in a jar.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
"This product is home produced." (10-point type)
Forrager Cookie Company
123 Chewy Way, Cookietown, OH 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 a nutritional claim is made on the label, federal labeling requirements must be met.
The kitchen may only have one oven or double oven.