In 2017, Tennessee passed a bill (SB 1187) which greatly simplified their laws for selling homemade food.
Tennessee’s law only allows direct sales, but that includes selling online and shipping within the state.
All types of nonperishable foods are allowed, except for acidified foods (e.g. pickles, salsas, sauces).
There is no sales limit, and a producer doesn’t need a permit from the ag department to sell under this law.
Except for acidified vegetables (pickles, salsas, sauces, etc), all nonperishable foods are allowed.
You can sell up to 150 gallons per year of honey from home (see TCA 53-1-102 “Selling”).
You cannot have any regular, full-time employees, but part-time employees are allowed.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Forrager Cookie Company
123 Chewy Way, Cookietown, TN 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
Produced on 5/25/2022
NET WT 2 lb 4 oz (1.02 kg)
You must put lot dates or numbers on your labels.
You can see a sample label in this guide.
Prior to 2017, Tennessee had two laws: one for “home-based kitchens”, which allowed direct sales of certain nonperishable foods, and the other for “domestic kitchens”, which allowed indirect sales, but required an extensive application process.