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EVENT: Start a prepared-food business at home

Want to know the ins and outs, the do’s and don’ts for cottage food businesses? Join us Jan. 13 for an in-depth look, in our free “Starting a Prepared Food Business at Home” class.

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Cottage food preparation at the communal kitchen at Fifth Generation Farms in Lake City, Florida.

In 2011, Florida passed the Cottage Food Law, allowing people to prepare certain types of foods in their unlicensed home kitchens for sale to the public. This two-hour class will teach you everything you need to know about which types of foods can and cannot be produced in a home kitchen and why, how to label your products, where you can sell your food, food safety, and associated regulations.

Register early through to reserve your spot and receive notice of any changes.

For questions or further information, please call 941-861-5000 or email If you require special accommodations to attend one of our events, please contact us in advance at 941-861-5000 or


  • Sarah Bostick, Sustainable Agriculture Extension Agent, UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County
  • Dr. Maria Portelos-Rometo, Food and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent III, UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County

NOTE: Classes and events may be canceled at any time due to low registration or other circumstances, with full refunds issued for paid events. Similar classes or events often are offered on future dates.



4 Comments on “EVENT: Start a prepared-food business at home

  1. Good Afternoon,
    My name is Judi Jenkins and I represent Life Realized Inc. a community based non-profit in Englewood, Florida. Part of our mission is to help small business owners acquire the skills necessary to succeed. We also try to encourage sustainable living. Several of your classes would be of great interest to many of our members. For instance, the “Start a Prepared Food Business” class is of great interest.

    Would it be possible to arrange for some of the presentations to take place in the Englewood/Venice area? I would be glad to assist in the arrangements as far as acquiring locations and other organizational details. Thanking you in advance, Judi

    • Good afternoon, Judy, and thank you for your comment/question. We have shared the information with the agents who will be leading this class, and will post their reply here when available. Best.

    • Hi, Judi. Everyone’s back in the office following the holidays, and we have a reply for you:

      Good morning Judi,

      Thank you so much for being in touch with us. We are happy to hear that some of the classes that we are offering this winter resonate with the work that you are doing to help small business owners succeed.

      Dr. Maria Portelos-Rometo and Sarah Bostick, who are teaching the “Start a Prepared Food Business at Home” class, would be happy to bring the event to the Englewood/Venice area. Is there a particular month, week, and/or time of day that would be ideal? Are there other classes or topics that would be interesting to your participants? Please reach out directly to Sarah, our Sustainable Agriculture Extension Agent, at

      Hope that helps!

    • Hi again, Judi. Just dropping a note, here, from Sarah and Maria, to let you know that they have two Cottage Foods classes scheduled for next week. Here’s the info:

      Feb. 11, 12:15-2:45 p.m., North Sarasota Public Library

      And one closer to your area:
      Feb. 13, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., North Port Public Library

      Hope that helps, and thank you!