Rhode Island essentially has no cottage food laws, because the law they do have is limited to a very select group of individuals. Producing food from home is only available to farmers that sell over $2,500 of agricultural products throughout the year. This excludes most of the small producers that cottage food laws are usually tailored to.
All of the information here is for the “Farm Home Food Manufacture” law, which allows full-scale farmers to add value to their produce by creating certain non-perishable goods, like jams, pies, or candy. The fruits and vegetables that go into the products must be locally grown, though the law doesn’t specify that the farmers themselves need to grow them. The registration process is a little more complicated than most states, but once that’s done, farmers can sell as many of their goods as they want, as long as it’s at a farm-related event or location.
Roadside stands must be located on the farm, and the only events, markets, and 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”.
Fruits, vegetables, and herbs grown must be locally grown. The only syrup allowed is maple syrup, and the sap must be sourced from trees that are within a 20 mile radius of the farm.
Pets must be kept out of the kitchen at all times, even when not preparing food.
Registration is only available for full-scale farmers that sell at least $2,500 of agricultural products every year. Farmers must register for an annual license, which costs $65.
If the farm uses a private water supply, it must be tested annually, which would incur an extra fee.
Although a kitchen inspection isn’t required, the home must be checked by a building official to see that it passes the minimum housing standards.
Every product must be standardized, and a recipe for each one, including processing procedures, must always be kept in the kitchen.
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)
There are a number of kitchen requirements to adhere to, which can be found in the law in 21-27-6.1(1 & 2).
- September 2002
- Title 21-27-6.1