Talk with others about the cottage food industry in Minnesota
Hi David. On your Minnesota info page, I saw that you listed “nut butters” as allowable. But when I look at the guidance list posted at the link below (“MNCFPA NPH Foods List (July 23, 2023))”, page 12 shows nut butters as not allowed. I hope I am missing something and am wrong about this, as my wife and I would like to begin selling peanut butter…[Read more]
Ryan, thanks for posting that info. Just in case it’s not clear to someone reading this, that info provides a definition for vanilla extract, but you’d still need to contact your ag or health dept to determine the licensing required to sell it.
Yes, you need a license. I’m not sure if truffles would be allowed under the cottage food law, but if they are, you can register that way: http://forrager.com/law/minnesota/. Otherwise, you need to make your truffles in a commercial kitchen.
No, that would not be allowed. You cannot sell liquids under this law, and even something as simple as water would require a different permit. I believe you need to produce your ice cream in a commercial kitchen. http://forrager.com/faq/#commercial
Food trucks operate under different laws from a home-based business. I believe a food truck is considered a food establishment, and food establishments cannot sell food that is prepared in a home. You should contact the ag dept to clarify this info.
The $5,000 limit only pertains to those operating under the cottage food law (only making at home and selling at events/farmers markets). If you’re not using that law, then you need to get a commercial license and use a commercial kitchen, and you will need to go through the setup process with the health dept before you do any sales.…[Read more]
I don’t know if those are allowed, but I’m almost certain that they would require lab testing before you can sell them. Some of them would probably be allowed, but I think some (like apple butter) are generally safer than others (like pear butter), so you might only be able to sell certain types of fruit butters. You will need to talk to the ag…[Read more]
You need to check with your ag dept to see if you can sell homemade vanilla extract (I don’t think you can). If you can’t, then you’ll just need to give them away if you don’t want to break the law.