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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Cottage Foods: How to Start a Successful Business

Nearly three years have passed since Michigan’s Cottage Food Law was approved.  This law allows the preparation of certain foods in home kitchens for direct sale to the public.  Michigan’s Cottage Food Law, which took effect July 2010, will allow those with an entrepreneurial spirit the opportunity to sell certain homemade food products to the public. 

This basic cottage foods session will be offered 9:00-10:30 a.m. Friday, January 25 as part of Ag Action 2013 at Kalamazoo Valley Community College;  6767 West O Avenue Kalamazoo, MI 49009.

The MSU Extension workshop combines the business and food safety aspects of preparing and selling cottage foods safely and successfully.  At this workshop you will find out what foods can be legally produced as well as how to label and sell them.  You will learn food safety practices to ensure that you are producing a wholesome product that people will want to buy.  You will also pick up techniques to develop a successful small business. 

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer.  Michigan State University Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status.  Persons with disabilities may request accommodations by calling 269-657-8213 by January 18, to ensure sufficient time to make arrangements.  Requests received after this date will be met when possible.

There is a $20.00 fee for Ag Action 2013, one of southwest Michigan’s biggest farm and home events.  Choose from 20 different educational programs, trade show, and lunch.  For more information, contact Van Buren County MSU Extension at 269-657-8213. 

Prepared by:  Joanne Davidhizar, Extension Educator
1737 Hillandale Road, Benton Harbor, MI  49022
Phone:  (269) 944-4126  davidhiz@anr.msu.edu