Talk with others about the cottage food industry in Illinois
I don’t know of anyone who has compiled a list of counties, but perhaps some health dept has one. Try calling up Cook County and seeing if they know more. If you can’t find a list, it’s possible that one doesn’t exist. If you spend the time to create one by contacting every county’s health dept, I’d be happy to incorporate it into the law page so…[Read more]
I’m not sure if that is allowed under the cottage food law. The law recently changed to give health depts the ability to allow other types of nonperishable foods, so I recommend that you ask your health dept. If you want to pop the popcorn at the market, you wouldn’t be able to use the cottage food law.
It would not be legal. Aside from the fact that your box sale likely wouldn’t sell well without the cookies (the box is not really what you’re selling), typically food laws place the same requirements on publicly-available foods, regardless of whether there is a charge for them or not.
I think that neither of those would be allowed. I’ve never made toffee before, but I always thought that it was made with a stovetop cook process, like most candy. There aren’t too many types of candy that I know of that use a baking cook process, but some do, so that’s why it’s listed as a possibility. I think you will need to use a commercial…[Read more]
I recently had the idea of selling my home roasted coffee at local farmers markets. Upon further research I found out that home roasted coffee isn’t allowed, but homemade, dried tea leaves are—go figure! I found a recent bill in Illinois General Assembly (HB2486) and wrote the house sponsors and Senator Brady along with my local House Rep. Tim B…[Read more]
UPDATE: Received an email last night from Rep. Tim Butler’s office! Amendment is being drafted by legislative research unit. Should only take them a day or two. Then amendment will be filed by Sen. Brady next day the Senate is in session (they are typically in Monday-Friday until May 31). Making progress, people! You can keep track of the bill by…[Read more]
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