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Selling Homemade Food in Oklahoma

People love fresh-baked cookies and bread right out of the oven. But until recentlyentrepreneurs could not sell homemade food anywhere except in their own homes. A 2017 amendment to the Oklahoma Home Bakery Act allows sales at other venues. Specifically, home food establishments may sell prepared food on site, by delivery, at a farmers market, through a cooperative, or through a membership-based buying club. The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry may adopt additional rules to allow sales at other locations or by other means. Home bakers do not need government permits to operate, but menu items are limited and gross sales cannot exceed $20,000 per year. 

Oklahoma cottage food types

Many states regulate “cottage food,” meaning food made in a home kitchen for sale. Cottage food producers in Oklahoma may sell “any baked goods except for products that contain meat products or fresh fruit. 

Oklahoma cottage food facts

Myths about cottage food abound. Here are the facts: 

  • Cottage food is safe. Critics who talk about the risk of food-borne illness give hypothetical examples of what could go wrong because real-world cases are rare or nonexistent. 
  • Cottage food is local. When neighbors trade with neighbors, money stays in the local economy. 
  • Cottage food is transparent. People who buy from a cottage food producer know what they get. If they have questions about ingredients, sourcing or safety, they can ask.
  • Cottage food creates jobs. Many homemade food producers use their income to provide for their families. Others seek a secondary or supplemental income. 
  • Cottage food empowers women. IJ cottage food research shows that most cottage food producers are women, and many live in rural areas with limited economic opportunity.
  • Cottage food expands consumer choice. Some stores simply don’t sell what you want. This is especially true if you have a gluten-free, peanut-free, halal, kosher or vegan diet. Cottage food fills market gaps, giving consumers more options.

Oklahoma cottage food resources 

As part of its Food Freedom Initiative, the Institute for Justice provides a variety of resources for home bakers and other food entrepreneurs. These include: 

Selling Homemade Food in Oklahoma

Oklahoma cottage food resources:

  • Oklahoma Baker’s Bill: Like our Facebook page to learn more about the Oklahoma cottage food law, how you can get involved, and learn tips of the trade from fellow cottage food producers.

Tell your Oklahoma story

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Support Oklahoma legislation

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Defending homemade food freedom nationwide 

People have a right to earn an honest living without arbitrary and excessive government interference. Since 2013, the Institute for Justice has defended home bakers and chefs as part of its Food Freedom Initiative. Read about IJ’s nationwide food freedom advocacy…

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All information, content, and materials available on this site are for general informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Statutes, regulations, and processes are subject to change at any time, and specific facts and circumstances could alter how they are applied. If you have questions about the regulation of cottage foods in your jurisdiction, we recommend consulting a lawyer who can help you navigate the process. 

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