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Cottage Food Law

Prior to 2013, Mississippi only allowed sales of homemade food at farmers markets, but they passed a new cottage food bill (SB 2553) that year to allow in-person sales at other venues as well.

However, individuals can now sell only $35,000 of homemade food per year. Fortunately, many types of food products are allowed, and it’s very easy to get started, as no registration or permit from the health department is required.


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Allowed Foods

Prohibited Foods

Certain items may require lab testing.

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 $35,000 per year


Although no training is required, it is strongly recommended by the health department, especially for those making acidified or pickled products (canned goods).


Sample Label

Chocolate Chip Cookies

"Made in a cottage food operation that is not subject to Mississippi's food safety regulations."

Forrager Cookie Company

123 Chewy Way, Cookietown, MS 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)

Contains: milk, eggs, wheat, soy

NET WT 2 lb 4 oz (1.02 kg)



Mississippi State Department of Health

Food Protection Division
Law Dates
February 2008
MCA 69-7-109
July 2013
SB 2553
July 2020
HB 326

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Starting a cottage food business?


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Am I allowed to sell fruits and vegtables in my front yard. I live in a rural area a good distance from stores that offer this.

I want to start a cottage food operation with cupcakes, pies, breads, etc. but am I allowed to advertise? I know that it states in the bill that online advertising is not allowed but am I allowed to pass out business cards or flyers or am I only allowed to sell through events?

i am interested in selling home-made sweet potato pies, would this be under the cottage food law in Mississippi which is where i reside

I’m under the impression that cold brewed coffee would be under the cottage law.

I didn’t see this on the list. Would this fall under the cottage law?
Also if local cafes want to distribute my cold brew via through a keg on tap, or bottled and sold wholesale for them to resale, is that possible?

Hey wanting to sell breakfast biscuits prepare them at home first then sell them.. Is this allowed in Mississippi under the cottage foods

    By breakfast biscuits, you mean regular biscuits themselves (bread only)? That is allowed under this cottage food law. Including other items with them, like bacon, eggs, or cheese, would not be allowed.

How about bone broth canned in commercial canning jars? These would not need to be refrigerated. My husband has a current serve safe certificate, and is a chef.

I was considering renting a booth from a store in my area. I would like to sell “Meals in a Jar.” These mason jar contain dry ingredients. Customer would simply just add water, heat, and enjoy. I live in Mississippi. Because this is a retail store is this not allowed?

    I do not think you can sell homemade food from a retail store, but you should check with the health dept. It also depends on what is in the jar: dried meats, dried vegetables, or dried dairy may not be allowed.

I live in Alabama within 10 miles of Mississippi state line. I wanted to be able to sell my pickles, relishes, pepper jellies, and vinegar based BBQ sauce at the Columbus, MS farmer’s market. Does the Dept. of Health ever allow a resident waiver in a case like this? I cannot sell these items in Alabama according to your site, plus the Tuscaloosa Farmer’s Market is over 50 minutes away. Has there been any changes to either state’s laws, or do you have any further advise?

I want to cook at home and deliver the goods what are my requirements and/or what do you suggest. I live by myself and I thought since I am in Mississippi I need to make myself useful.

I live in Ocean Springs Mississippi I’m a coonass from Louisiana I’m won’t to start making Cajun seasoning and selling from home is there anyone I need to contact.