Kansas has a good cottage food law, even though the rules for selling food are mostly determined by the ag department.
Almost all types of nonperishable foods can be sold anywhere directly, including sales in other states. Indirect sales (via restaurants, stores, etc) are not allowed.
There are even special rules that allow limited sales of some perishable foods.
There is no sales limit nor other limitations, and producers are exempt from ag department licensing.
To sell your products in other states, you must follow additional requirements found on Page 7 of this guide.
See this guide for a detailed list of allowed foods.
Certain foods require product testing in a lab before you can sell them:
- Frostings that contain less than 65% sugar by weight
- Frostings that contain milk
- Baked goods that contain cheese
- Macarons & meringue cookies
- Homemade chocolate (other than fudge)
- Pecan pies
- Pepper jellies
- Low-acid fruit jams or jellies
- Syrups containing herbs
Dried or freeze-dried produce cannot be cut before drying.
See the guide for restrictions and requirements for selling juices.
Some types of perishable foods are allowed, with restrictions:
- You can sell ready-to-eat perishable foods & beverages (sandwiches, pizza, potato salad, brewed coffee, etc) at events up to 6 times per year without a license, as long as you follow these requirements
- You can sell some other types of perishable foods & beverages (pickles, salsas, refrigerated noodles, etc) up to 6 days per year without a license, as long as you follow these requirements
- You can sell whole poultry (not products made with poultry) if you raise fewer than 1,000 birds per year
- You can sell whole rabbits (not products made with rabbit meat) if you raise fewer than 250 rabbits per year
- You can sell whole fish and seafood, as long as it’s kept on ice
Although you don’t need any licensing from the ag department, you might need other business requirements, which are explained in this guide.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Forrager Cookie Company
123 Chewy Way, Cookietown, KS 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)
NET WT 2 lb 4 oz (1.02 kg)
- Department of Agriculture
- For licensing and other general questions
Food Safety and Lodging
- Kansas State University
- For product questions, including recipe approval
Value-Added / Product Development Lab
- On Page 15
Some individuals have tried starting an official cottage food law in the past. You can check for updates on their Facebook page.