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Delaware On-Farm Home Processing

Cottage Food Law

This state's cottage food law is restricted, so it is not available to everyone!

Delaware’s cottage food law allows individuals to sell many homemade products, but the setup process is fairly complicated, and sales are limited to $25,000 per year.

This page explains Delaware’s separate law for on-farm home processing, which is more limited in some ways, but for those who meet the requirements, it allows more sales and may be easier to setup.

There are many restrictions in this law. Most notably, it is only available to farmers — a farmer is considered someone who grows produce for commercial purposes. Goods may only be sold at farmers markets, produce stands, or on the farm, and sales are limited to $40,000 per year. A $25 license, a home inspection, and an 8-hour training course are required. Also, pets are never allowed in the home, and there are many other kitchen requirements.


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Allowed Foods

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


Sales are limited to $40,000 per year


On-Farm Home Processing License

The operator must submit their application ($25 per year) at least 30 days prior to when they want to start producing cottage foods.

Home inspection
Food safety course

Operators must take an 8-hour training course on food safety. The training course is provided at least once a year by the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension.


Sample Label

Chocolate Chip Cookies

"This product is home-produced and processed" (10-point type)

Forrager Cookie Company

123 Chewy Way, Cookietown, DE 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)

Produced on 1/23/2021

NET WT 2 lb 4 oz (1.02 kg)

If applicable, the net weight can be replaced by unit count.


The kitchen must have a two-compartment sink at the minimum. In addition, there needs to be a service sink for mop water. Exterior doors need to be self-closing.

Food and equipment items for the business need to be stored separately from those intended for domestic use.

There are many other workplace regulations that are listed in the regulations.



Andrea Jackson

Job Title
Food Safety Products Administrator
Delaware Department of Agriculture
Law Dates
January 2006
Delaware Code

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