Michigan’s cottage food laws are somewhat limited, but many people use them and they are still one of the most active cottage food states.
Many types of foods are allowed. Fortunately, there is no need to obtain a license, which makes it very easy to start a cottage food business. However, the laws are still restricted in that sales are limited to $25,000 per year, and products may only be sold directly to the consumer.
Although vanilla extract and baked goods with alcohol are allowed, they have special licensing requirements. Nut butters must be tested in a lab before being sold. To check if a specific kind of product is allowed, contact the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development at 800-292-3939 or MDA-Info@michigan.gov
Although there is no required application or procedures required to start a cottage food business, it is recommended that on-site water wells are checked annually for safety, and on-site septic systems should also be evaluated regularly.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
"Made in a home kitchen that has not been inspected by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development" (11-point type)
Forrager Cookie Company
123 Chewy Way, Cookietown, MI 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)