Talk with others about the cottage food industry in Oregon
Hi Pam, I did a poor job promoting the forums on this site. I’m currently making technical changes that should improve that over time, and make people more aware of them.
To answer this question, probably the best option is to use the Farm Direct Bill, but that requires someone to grow the produce themselves.
Otherwise, I’m not sure if…[Read more]
It’s been years since this forum was active. Anybody know why?
I wanted to use the kitchen in the basement apartment of our house for baking and selling cupcakes. The apartment was rented out by the previous owners of the house but we just want to use the kitchen. Would that be ok?
As far as I know, having a pet anywhere in your home prohibits you from being able to sell homemade food. Your dog can never enter the house. I believe the ruling is that pets cannot be “in the building” of any business that manufactures food for sale.
You should be using your home’s kitchen… if you wanted to build or use a separate kitchen on…[Read more]
Usually when rules state that business supplies need to be kept separate, it means that they need to be in their own cupboard or own shelf. You should have a designated area where you put them, though that area doesn’t need to be cordoned off from everything else. If you store things in the fridge, you usually don’t need to have a separate fridge…[Read more]
From the law:
“Farm direct marketer” means an agricultural producer that sells farm direct products or producer processed products directly to the retail consumer.
I take that to mean that anyone can sell these types of goods, including a home gardener. That’s my interpretation — I’m not sure what’s the ag dept’s interpretation is.
1) I am really not sure about ghee, but I’m almost certain this would not be allowed. You need to call the ag dept for clarification.
2) This isn’t allowed under the cottage food law. You need special licensing to sell alcohol.
I am new to the cottage industry, and I have a couple questions.
1) I make ghee – which is clarified butter (basically cooked butter). I know it is illegal to sell unpasteurized milk, but are there any laws about selling butter made from pasteurized milk?
2) I also make medicinal cordials which are made with brandy and honey that I would like…[Read more]
For interstate sales of any food item, you need to make it in a commercial kitchen, not your home kitchen. You can call your health dept to learn about how to get licensed as a regular food business. If you only want to do intrastate sales, vanilla extract might be considered a cottage food, but I don’t know for sure for Oregon. That would also be…[Read more]
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