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Press Release – Cottage Food Law Workshop

April 5, 2013

From a Fair Food Matters press release…

Fair Food Matters, MSU Extension, and MSU Product Center Offer Cottage Food Law Workshop

Kalamazoo, MI – March 19, 2013Fair Food Matters, a Kalamazoo non-profit, along with Michigan State University Extension and Product Center present the workshop, Starting a Cottage Law Food Business in Michigan. The workshop takes place on Saturday, April 27th from 1:30-3:30pm at 1157 Bank Street (Bank Street Bingo Hall), Kalamazoo, Michigan. The workshop fee is $30 per person. In the fall of 2013 a continuation workshop, From Cottage to Commercial, will be offered.

Nearly three years have passed since Michigan’s Cottage Food Law was approved. The law allows the preparation of certain foods in home kitchens for direct sale to the public. Michigan’s Cottage Food Law, alongside an increased demand for locally-made foods, has resulted in a plethora of new handmade Michigan foods available. The law allows those with an entrepreneurial spirit the opportunity to experiment with making and selling certain homemade food products to the public with close to no capital investment. Cottage food production can be a useful transition step in taking a food business to the commercial phase.


The Starting a Cottage Food Law Business in Michigan workshop combines the business and food safety aspects of preparing and selling cottage foods safely and successfully.  At this workshop both interested and existing Cottage Food Law producers will find out what foods can be legally produced as well as how to label and sell them.  Participants will learn basic food safety practices that ensure that a delicious and food-safe product is being produced. Participants will learn techniques to develop a successful small business and will earn a certificate of completion that can be displayed at sales venues. Participants will also learn about local food business incubator, the Can-Do Kitchen, which offers business support for new food businesses.


Persons with disabilities may request accommodations by calling 269-492-0261 by April 17th, to ensure sufficient time to make arrangements. Requests received after this date will be met when possible.

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