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The cottage food laws in Arkansas require no registration, inspection, or training, making it really easy for anyone to get going quickly. However, producers can only sell their products directly at farmers markets, events, or from their homes, and they are only allowed to sell five types of products: bakery products, candy, fruit butter, jams, and jellies.


“Events” only refers to county fairs and special events.

Allowed Foods

Jams, jellies, and fruit butter made with splenda and similar sugar substitutes may not be sold.

Only "non-potentially hazardous" foods are allowed, but certain non-PHFs may not be allowed. Most foods that don't need to be refrigerated (foods without meat, cheese, etc.) are considered non-potentially hazardous. Learn more


There is no sales limit


Sample Label

Chocolate Chip Cookies

"This Product is Home-Produced" (10-point type)

Forrager Cookie Company

123 Chewy Way, Cookietown, AR 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)

Cottage food products cannot include nutritional information on the label.


Law Dates
February 2011
HB 1323

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Hey, David. I live in Arkansas and I was going to start selling cookies. I understand that I can’t put pecans or peanuts in my cookies. I noticed that those are prohibited for sale or does that mean only when sold separately? Also, I thought about making my own granola bars and selling them, but than I noticed that dried fruit is not allowed. Does that mean it’s not allowed to be sold separately or am I allowed to sell raisin granola bars or oatmeal raisin cookies?

I’m afraid I’m not understanding why coffee beans are not allowed to be sold at farmers markets. Would you know the reasoning for this, David?

Who do you need to contact to start a cookie business. Can you explain events better as to what this actually means? This also means no sales and shipping. Sorry new to this and trying to learn and understand better the rules.

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