Oregon Can you legally sell food from home in Oregon?
Cottage Food Law
Oregon’s new cottage food law (SB 320) went into effect on January 1st, 2016, which makes starting a cottage food operation much easier. Although the new law comes with many more restrictions, those who want more flexibility can still get a Domestic Kitchen license. Also, Oregon’s Farm Direct Bill allows farmers and growers to bypass many requirements.
Starting a cottage food operation in Oregon is relatively simple, requiring only food handlers training, with no license or inspection from the ag department needed. However, operations can only sell up to $20,000 of non-PHF baked and confectionary goods each year. Also, indirect sales (via stores and restaurants) and online sales are prohibited.
Some types of food are completely exempt from agriculture department licensing, like candy and honey (see Product section).
Selling Where can you sell homemade food products?
Although you cannot sell products online, you can use the internet to advertise.
If you want to sell your products in stores, restaurants, or online, you can get a domestic kitchen license.
Allowed Foods What food products can you sell from home?
Only non-PHF baked and confectionary goods are allowed under this law. If you want to sell more types of products, you can get a domestic kitchen license. If you grow the main ingredient in your product (e.g. you grow strawberries and make strawberry jam), you may be able to use Oregon’s Farm Direct Bill.
Some products are exempt from ag department licensing:
- Candy, candied apples, and other non-PHF confections*
- Coffee, tea, and other non-PHF drinks* (does not include fresh fruit juice)
- All direct sales to a consumer are exempt
- Indirect sales (wholesale) are exempt if the producer owns no more than 20 hives, but the producer must apply for the exemption
- Pet food that does not contain meat
* must be sold in individual-sized portions, for immediate consumption only
Limitations How will your home food business be restricted?
You must keep annual sales records for at least three years, including the types of foods produced.
To sell more than $20,000 of products per year, you can get a domestic kitchen license.
Business What do you need to do to sell food from home?
Each person who prepares food for the business must complete a food safety training course to acquire an Oregon food handler card. The test can be taken online for $10.
Labeling How do you label cottage food products?
Chocolate Chip Cookies
"This product is homemade and is not prepared in an inspected food establishment."
Forrager Cookie Company
123 Chewy Way, Cookietown, OR 73531
Phone: (123) 456-7890
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)
If the label makes any health claims (low-fat, cholesterol-free, etc), a nutrition label is required.
Resources Where can you find more information about this law?
- Department of Agriculture
- 635 Capitol St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
Food Safety Program
- January 2016
- SB 320
Hi, I’m planning to move to Oregon. Would I be able to sell cheesecakes from home? T.i.a!
Hi. I’m planning to move to Oregon( not sure what city yet) would I be able to sell cheesecakes from home? Please help. Thank you!
A cheesecake needs to be refrigerated, so you cannot sell those. It’s “potentially hazardous.”
Are roadside fruit and vegetables tables permitted if you are not a direct farmer?
Hi, I make jams and jellies in my home kitchen. I have been asked to set up a table at a holiday bazaar this year. However I see that Jams and jellies can not be made at home and sold to the consumer. Am I reading this correct?
Hi, I was wondering if it were legal to brew coffee/tea. Am I able to sell any foods/drinks if I own I pet? Also what is the age limit, if any, to sell/prepare drinks.
Hi. I was wondering if cottage food law prohibits pets in the home. I would like to sell cookies and muffins, but I also have 2 cats. Are there any domestic kitchen food selling options for me?
Can I use a website with a menu & ordering online option if I deliver or have customer pick up?
You cannot take orders online, but you might be able to take pre-orders that way. All payment needs to be collected in-person.
How do I get started? I dont see that on here. Thank you!
Here’s some info: http://forrager.com/faq/#starting
I want to package and sell vegan Ice cream, I don’t know if this is allowed from a home kitchen.
Since your product has no meat or dairy, I think you can sell it with a domestic kitchen license.
Is selling freeze dried products fall under the domestic kitchen law or does that hinge on what the food product is?
You cannot do that with is cottage food law, but you may be able to do it with a domestic kitchen license. You should contact the ag dept to learn more.