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.
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.
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.
Your kitchen may only have one oven or double oven.
No license from the ag department is required, but there may be other local requirements, like a business license.
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)