Talk with others about the cottage food industry in Michigan
Your best bet is to call the dept that manages zoning, and they will tell you exactly what you need. It’s common for areas to require special use permits like this, and yes, they can be complicated and expensive. I don’t think there’s any legal way to avoid it, if you need it.
I think that fruit-only, thoroughly-baked pierogis would be allowed, and all other types of pierogis would not be. You can call the dept at 800-292-3939 to see exactly what they will or will not allow.
I am interested in starting to sell my home made jams and jellies. Several recipes I use contain alcohol. Can I sell these under the cottage food law, and, if so, do I need to do anything special?
My guess is that these are not allowed under the cottage food law. Check this page for more information: http://www.michigan.gov/mdard/0,4610,7-125-50772_45851-240577–,00.html
The law allows extracts and baked goods with alcohol, but does not allow candy with alcohol. That probably means that if it’s not a baked good or extract, then it’s not…[Read more]
I am trying to get some venues set up that I can sell at under the cottage law but every farmers market that I have contacted in my area are stating that they do not allow. I guess I am beginning to wonder what the purpose of the cottage law is if there are no venues to use. Would anyone know of a way to get my product out there to the public?
Yeah it is frustrating, but farmers markets do have the right to turn away CFOs.
There are still plenty of opportunities for you to sell your products. You can advertise online and then sell from your home or deliver. A lot of private events like craft fairs or foodie festivals will take you. You can also setup at a stand on the side of the road…[Read more]
Oftentimes people use the cottage food laws as an easy way to get a food business started. Once you pass the limit, then you need to become a standard food business, which, aside from getting licenses and certain amounts of training, would require you to make everything in a commercial kitchen, instead of your home kitchen. The process can be…[Read more]