In 2021, Oklahoma passed a new bill (HB 1032), which will go into effect on November 1st, 2021.
This new bill is a massive improvement to Oklahoma’s law! They are going from having one of the worst laws in the country, to having one of the best.
Here are some of the most notable improvements:
- Instead of only allowing certain types of baked goods, now it will allow almost any kind of non-perishable food, plus some types of perishable ones
- It will increase the sales limit from $20,000 to $75,000
- Instead of allowing only sales from home and at farmers markets, now it will allow all direct sales
- It will also allow shipping and indirect sales of non-perishable foods
Producers can only sell certain types of baked goods, and sales are limited to $20,000 per year. However, unlike most cottage food laws, this law does allow some types of perishable baked goods (like cheesecakes). No license from the ag department is needed, so it is very easy to use this law.
Producers may sell at their home, at farmers markets, through food cooperatives, and through membership-based buying clubs. Some other states allow selling through co-ops and membership clubs, but Oklahoma is the only one to specifically list these venues in their law.
In addition to sales from your home and at farmers markets, you can sell through a food cooperative or through a membership-based buying club.
You can sell online, but only for delivery within the state of Oklahoma.
Only baked goods are allowed. Baked goods with meat are not allowed, and products cannot have fresh fruit added after baking. You can incorporate fruit into thoroughly-baked goods (e.g. blueberry muffins), as long as you don’t use home-canned fruit. Fruit may be used as a garnish if it was commercially canned or dried.
Some types of perishable baked goods are allowed. For instance, cheesecake would be allowed, since it is a baked good and does not contain meat or fresh fruit.
You can sell honey under the Oklahoma Honey Sales Act.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
"Made in a home food establishment that is not licensed by the State Department of Health"
Forrager Cookie Company
123 Chewy Way, Cookietown, OK 73531
In 2013, Oklahoma enacted the “Oklahoma Honey Sales Act” (SB 716), which allows small-scale honey producers to sell without much regulation.