Skip to main content

Ohio

Ohio’s cottage food law does not require any licensing from the ag department, and there is no sales limit, but the law limits producers in other ways. Rather than allowing all direct sales, operations can only sell their items at specific types of venues, which does include a couple indirect (wholesale) channels, like selling to a restaurant. Also, Ohio is very specific about what types of food an operation can make. After being expanded in 2009 and 2016, the allowed foods list is now fairly comprehensive.

Ohio also has a law for home bakeries that want to sell perishable baked goods, like cheesecakes and cream pies.

Selling

The only “retail stores” that can sell your products are grocery stores and restaurants. Restaurants can use your products in their food items.

“Events” must be government-organized festivals or celebrations that do not last longer than seven consecutive days. You cannot sell your products at privately-sponsored events, like craft fairs or flea markets.

In addition to farmers markets, you can sell at farm markets and farm product auctions.

Interstate sales are not allowed, but shipping within the state is allowed.

Allowed Foods

If you want to sell perishable baked goods, you can become a home bakery.

Doughnuts must be baked and unfilled.

Although you cannot dry your own fruits and vegetables, you can incorporate commercially-dried produce into items like soup mixes and granola.

Honey can be flavored, and at least 75% of the honey must come from your own hives.

The only syrups allowed are maple and sorghum syrup. Syrups cannot be sold in stores or restaurants, and at least 75% of the syrup must come from your own trees. You can also produce and sell maple sugar.

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

Limitations

Limitations
There is no sales limit

Your kitchen may only have one oven or double oven.

Business

No license from the ag department is required, but there may be other local requirements, like a business license.

Labeling

Sample Label

Chocolate Chip Cookies

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


Forrager Cookie Company

123 Chewy Way, Cookietown, OH 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)


If the business name is listed in a local telephone directory, the street address may be omitted or replaced with a PO box.

If a nutritional claim is made on the label, a nutrition facts panel must be included.

Labeling Info & Sample

Labeling Laws (ORC 3715.023)

Resources

Contacts
Department
Ohio Department of Agriculture
Email
[email protected]
Telephone
800-282-1955 ext 4366
Law Dates
November 2001
ORC 3715.01, 3715.023, 3717.22
June 2009
OAC 901:3-20
January 2016
OAC 901:3-20 FYR

This page was last updated on

Is there something wrong on this page? Please let us know! You can submit changes through this form.

Comments

So I have a home cookie business. I have an LLC and EIN. I cannot find anywhere if I need a vendors license to sell product. We are selling online and by word of mouth right now. I want to make sure that there is not any other licensing needed and I’m having difficulty finding an answer. Won’t be meeting with the business advisor until next week. Any thoughts?

Hi there,
What about hot drinks, like hot chocolate, or hot soy milk, prepared onside with an electric kettle and an blender? It would be served to be consumed right away.

    You would have to be licensed as a commercial kitchen/catering business. You will have to follow local and state food safety regulations and have regular inspections.

Two questions : 1. So I can have a dog as long as I don’t make and sell certain products?
2. What about liquor infused cakes, cupcakes, etc. For example : rum cake. What’s the deal with those products?

    1. You can have a dog under the Ohio Food Cottage Laws, you cannot have pets when applying for a Home Bakery License.
    2. Alcohol products require an Ohio Liquor License to sell.

Good afternoon! I had a question about making donuts under cottage food law.

From what I have read on your very helpful blog, cottage food donuts mist be baked. They also cannot have any fillings that require refrigeration.

Specifically, I was looking to find out what can be put on top of the donuts? Haven’t been able to find details on that.

Thanks so much for any help you can provide and thanks for such a great resource! Have a great day.

    BAKED doughnuts are allowed, WITHOUT filling. The toppings can be anything that falls within the Ohio Food Cottage Law. So candy, cereals, etc. as long as they do not require refrigeration.

    You cannot sell that under the Ohio Food Cottage Laws. You can sell DRY tea leaves or blends, not brewed.

or comment as a guest
* required (your email will not be displayed on the site)
Allowed tags