Today, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have cottage food programs, which allow residents to sell baked goods and other shelf-stable, non-potentially hazardous foods directly to consumers.
Four states have banned cities and counties from banning or requiring a permit for lemonade stands run by kids:
(Since lemonade needs to be refrigerated, it’s typically excluded from many state cottage food laws.)
Two states have enacted “microenterprise home kitchen” laws, which legalize the sale of home cooked meals that contain meat. Although these laws let home chefs sell an even broader array of dishes than under food freedom laws, they do require inspections and permits.
Unlike Utah, California requires cities and counties that expressly opted in and passed ordinances authorizing MHKOs. As of September 2021, MHKO permits are available in the following:
- Alameda County
- Imperial County
- Riverside County
- San Mateo County
- Santa Barbara County
- Solano County
Timeline of Recent Cottage Food Expansion
All 50 states now have “cottage food laws” which let people sell homemade foods that do not require refrigeration. Cottage foods laws have expanded rapidly in the past five years
Montana – HB 478
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Minnesota – SF 5
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