Oregon Farm Direct Can you legally sell food from home in Oregon?
Cottage Food Law
The Farm Direct Bill in Oregon is for processors that grow the primary ingredients of what they produce, and it allows them to bypass licensing and fee requirements. For instance, this law would work well for an individual that grows strawberries in their garden and wants to sell the strawberry jelly they make at home.
The law limits farm direct marketers to $20,000 per year of sales of acidified foods, and it limits the types of foods allowed to mostly canned goods and produce. This law isn’t for everyone, but Oregon does have a cottage food law and domestic kitchen laws that allow almost anyone to sell certain types of food out of their home.
Selling Where can you sell homemade food products?
Farm direct marketers can allow other farm direct marketers to sell some types of foods on consignment.
Allowed Foods What food products can you sell from home?
The only ingredients which may be purchased and added to your products (other than the primary ingredients that were grown by the producer) are herbs, spices, salt, vinegar, pectin, lemon or lime juice, honey, and sugar. Garlic, onion, and celery are not allowed, as they do not qualify as spices.
Producers may not commingle their grown goods with other producers.
Limitations How will your home food business be restricted?
Business What do you need to do to sell food from home?
If your recipe for an acidified food does not use an approved process, you must get your product testing by a process authority.
Although no licensing is necessary, farm direct marketers must maintain records for some types of products, including batch testing. The records must be maintained for three years.
Labeling How do you label cottage food products?
Chocolate Chip Cookies
"This product is homemade and is not prepared in an inspected food establishment"
"Not for resale"
Forrager Cookie Company
123 Chewy Way, Cookietown, OR 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)
Certain foods require a slightly abbreviated statement on the label: “This product is not prepared in an inspected food establishment” and “Not for resale”
Workplace Are there any home kitchen requirements?
Some processing of your products can happen on-site at an event, like roasting peppers, grilling corn, or popping popcorn. However, these items cannot be sold for immediate consumption.
Resources Where can you find more information about this law?
- Job Title
- Operations & Automation Specialist
- Food Safety Program, ODA
- Job Title
- Food Safety Inspector & Cottage Food and On-farm Specialist, Oregon City
- Food Safety Program, ODA
- January 2012
- HB 2336
I am a beekeeper. I sell both my honey and other beekeepers’ honey under my own label. What are the requirements to sell other beekeepers’ honey in Oregon, single estate and a regional mix?
Would salt flavored with herbs grown on our be eligible under farm direct?
I’ve always been a little confused. So the $20,000 income cap…Would I be able to sell $20,000 in produce and jams under Farm Direct AND $20,000 in baked goods like breads scones and pies under Cottage Law? Or is it a straight across the board (total combined) $20,000?
Hi David! Is kombucha something that could be sold either under the farm direct bill or the cottage law bill. Other than sugar and the SCOBY, the ingredients would be produced on my property. Thanks!
No, I don’t think either law would allow kombucha, but you may be able to sell it as a domestic kitchen.
hello, I am starting a chocolate business. do i need a license to sell my product at the farmers market?
If you follow the cottage food law, you don’t need to get a license from the ag or health dept, but there may be other local requirements for your business, like a business license. http://forrager.com/faq/#starting