MSU offers cottage food workshop


The workshop “How to Start a Successful Cottage Food Business in Michigan” is being hosted by the MSU Extension office on Thursday, April 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Zimmerman room at the Allegan County Human Services Building, 3255 122nd Ave., Allegan.

Michigan’s Cottage Food Law allows those with an entrepreneurial spirit the opportunity to sell certain foods, made in their home kitchens, to the public. These foods are to be sold face-to-face at places such as farmers markets.  Individuals with an entrepreneurial spirit that are considering selling homemade food products may be interested in this workshop that combines the business and food safety aspects of preparing and selling cottage foods safely and successfully. 

The workshop helps participants find out what foods can be legally produced as well as how to label and sell them. Topics also include food safety practices for producing a wholesome product that people will want to buy and techniques to develop and then maintain a successful small business.

Joanne Davidhizer, an educator from the MSU Product Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources will be teaching with MSU Extension food safety educator, Jane Hart.

The Product Center,  is a gateway to generating success for Michigan entrepreneurs for the agriculture, natural resources and bio economy sectors.

At the end of the workshop, participants receive a certificate to display when selling cottage foods. The certificate is not required to sell cottage foods. It is for buyers to see that extra measures have been taken to ensure safe food.

To register, visit The cost is $20.

For more information, call Jane Hart at (231) 724-6694 or e-mail


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