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Cottage Food Business

Have you thought about starting your own food business, but you weren’t sure how to start?  Do you like making jams and jellies, or do you have a recipe for baking breads that you know others would love?  Do you make special pastries that your friends and family insist you sell to the public for others to enjoy?  If so, you may be want to look into starting your own cottage food business.  This business idea is small and simple: no need for special kitchen permits, a separate kitchen to cook in, or the need for a middleman to help sell your items; simply make the cottage-food-approved item from your own home and sell either from your house, a farmer’s market, or as a vendor on a roadside stand.  As long as your gross sales are $50,000 a year or less, your business would be considered a “cottage food” business, and is a great way to get in the door with food entrepreneurship.

If you would like to learn more, the University of Florida Extension services will be offering a workshop that explains what the cottage food business is, what it entails, what foods are and aren’t allowed, and more.  Also learn about general business principals and tips for entering new markets.  The workshop will be held at the TLC Gardens in Hudson, located at 13129 Sherman Drive, Hudson, FL 34667 on Thursday, August 23, 2018 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm.  The workshop is free but registration is required, as space is limited.  Please reserve your space on EventBrite here:  All are welcome to attend, whether you are ready to take the next step into a food business or just wanted to learn more about what the cottage food law is.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact the Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, Shari, at 352-518-0481 or at

2 Comments on “Cottage Food Business

  1. I live in Hudson, FL. I am trying to find what I can and can’t bake to sell from home. Please help me. Thank you.

    • Hi Carolyn

      The biggest thing to remember is if the food requires temperature control/refrigeration for safety. Under cottage food law, the food cannot be a TCS food (time and temperature control for safety). A cheesecake would not be allowed, but bread products that can be left out at room temperature may. See this literature from FDACS for more info:
      You can also email me if you have any additional questions: