Stop by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) exhibit at this year’s State Fair to learn more about Minnesota’s cottage food industry and how you can profit from selling homemade food products.
Minnesota’s Cottage Food Law allows individuals to make and sell certain foods in Minnesota, such as baked goods and home-canned pickles, jams, jellies, and salsas, without a license. Experts from the MDA’s Food and Feed Safety Division will be available to explain how to get the training and registration required to make and sell your homemade foods.
The MDA’s exhibit on the fairgrounds is located in the North Hall of the Agriculture/Horticulture building at the corner of Underwood Avenue and Judson Street.
Fairgoers are also invited to join the MDA and University of Minnesota Extension food safety educators for a game show-style contest featuring questions about the Cottage Food Law and safe food preparation. The Cottage Food Basics and Food Safety Tips Knowledge Bowl will be held on Friday, August 24, from 1:45 to 2:30 p.m. and on Tuesday, August 28, from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. at the University of Minnesota U Talks stage located at U of M Central, Crossroads Building, 1673 Dan Patch Avenue on the fairgrounds.
Margaret Hart, MDA Communications