This law is for farmers that sell over $2,500 of agricultural products per year. Non-farmers must use the Cottage Food Manufacture law, and farmers can use both laws. For 20 years (until 2022), this was Rhode Island’s only cottage food law.
Under this law, farmers can sell many types of nonperishable products, and there is no sales limit. Fruits and vegetables used in products must be locally grown.
Farmers can only sell these products at ag-related venues, including farmers markets, farm stands, and other events and stores that are operated by farmers.
Before selling, farmers must register as a “farm home food manufacturer”, which costs $65 per year.
The only farmers markets, events, and retail stores that are allowed are ones that are “operated by farmers for the purpose of the retail sale of the products of Rhode Island farms”.
Roadside stands must be located on a farm.
Any fruits, vegetables, and herbs that you use must be locally grown.
If you sell maple syrup, the sap must be sourced from trees that are within a 20 mile radius of your farm.
Your pets must ALWAYS be kept out of your kitchen and other food prep areas (even when not preparing food).
Before you can sell your food products, you must register with the health department, which costs $65 per year. You can only register if you sell at least $2,500 of agricultural products every year
To complete your registration, you must:
- Fill out the application form
- Sign and notarize the affidavit of compliance
- Get a letter from the Division of Taxation certifying your exemption from taxes
- Get a letter from a building official stating that your kitchen meets minimum housing standards
- If applicable, get test results from a water test of your well
- Create a list of every food product you will sell
- Create a sketch of your home on your property and, if applicable, the location of your well and septic system
- Verify your SSN or EIN
- Pay the $65 fee
Your kitchen must be inspected by a building official to confirm that it meets minimum housing standards.
If the home is on private water supply, the water supply must be tested once per year.
Forrager Cookie Company
123 Chewy Way, Cookietown, RI 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)
You must have all of your recipes (with ingredients, quantities, processing times, & procedures) available in your kitchen for review by an inspector.
You must either have a 2-compartment sink or a dishwasher with a sanitizing function that reaches 150 degrees Fahrenheit.
There are many other workplace requirements that you can find in Section 21-27-6.1(1 & 2) of the law.
- Rhode Island Department of Health
- (401) 222-2749
Center for Food Protection
- September 2002
- RI General Laws 21-27-6.1