Minnesota Cottage Foods Law
What foods are "cottage foods" in Minnesota?
MFMA and the Minnesota Cottage Food Producers Association collaborate, with expert advice from the University of Minnesota Extension Food Safety team, to provide a guidance list of foods allowed, not allowed, and could be allowed with testing, under the Cottage Foods Law.
MFMA and MNCFPA welcome additions to the list. To add food items or ask for clarification, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where to get help as a cottage food producer
Feel free to email MFMA with your questions at email@example.com.
Minnesota Cottage Food Producers Association was created in January 2020 to provide leadership to the industry. It is governed by board, hosts an annual conference, regional get-togethers, zoom classes, and administers a super helpful Facebook page for MN Registered Cottage Food Producers Group.
The University of Minnesota Extension Food Safety Team answers food science questions on recipes, maintains a Q & A blog for the industry, and provides the mandated Tier 2 cottage food producers training.
Register with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture
In order to sell cottage foods in Minnesota, you must take the mandated training and register with MDA.
MDA's cottage food page is divided into two sections:
Sales Tax on Foods in Minnesota
Sales tax on foods in Minnesota is complicated. For example, jams & jellies sold at grocery stores are not taxed BUT jams & jellies sold at a farmers' market are taxed.
The Minnesota Department of Revenue (MDOR) has developed a series of facts sheets on food sales tax. Key to note is that MDOR defines food terms differently than either MDA or MDH.
MFMA, and the Minnesota Cottage Foods Producers Association, with input from the Minnesota Department of Revenue, have collaborated to provide a guidance document, listing foods that are taxable and not taxable.
This list is is not all-encompassing and is provided as a helpful tool for CFPs and licensed food makers to assess whether their food products are taxable.
It depends on what you are selling. MFMA teams up with the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture and Renewing the Countryside to teach online and in-person classes on Minnesota's food laws, rules, regulations. Classes can be tailored to meet a group's specific needs, and are anywhere from 2 to 4 hours long.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a class schedule.