Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Florida law allows individuals to use their unlicensed home kitchens to produce for sale certain foods that present a low risk of foodborne illness. Cottage food operators can produce and sell these products directly to consumers without obtaining a food permit from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Gross sales for a cottage food operation must not exceed $50,000 annually.
Approved Cottage Food Products
- Loaf breads, rolls, biscuits
- Cakes, pastries and cookies
- Candies and confections
- Jams, jellies and preserves
- Fruit pies and dried fruits
- Dry herbs, seasonings and mixtures
- Homemade pasta
- Cereals, trail mixes and granola
- Coated or uncoated nuts
- Vinegar and flavored vinegars
- Popcorn and popcorn balls
Cottage Food Law Basics
- Cottage food operators can sell cottage foods only within the state of Florida and not across state lines.
- Cottage food operators may sell cottage food products on their website, but the products are prohibited to be delivered by mail order.
- Cottage food products must be delivered directly to the consumer or to the consumer’s private event such as a wedding or birthday party.
- Cottage food products cannot be sold wholesale.
- Cottage foods must be properly packaged and labeled. Cottage food operators can serve free samples for tasting, but the samples must be prepackaged.
- A cottage food operation must comply with all applicable county and municipal laws and ordinances regulating the preparation, processing, storage and sale of cottage food products.