Minnesota Cottage Foods Academy
MFMA is offering free online Tier 1 cottage food trainings. The 2-hour training will cover the legal requirements; food safety issues; completing the MDA training, test, and submitting your application. IF you or someone you know needs the training in a language other than English, tell us that in your email. CLICK HERE to register for classes.
What foods are "cottage foods" in Minnesota?
MFMA and the Minnesota Cottage Food Producers Association collaborate with numerous food science teams to provide a guidance list of foods allowed, not allowed, and could be allowed with testing, under the Cottage Foods Law.
Click link below for:
English: Cottage Foods NPH Foods List Guidance.
Click here for the Pet Treats Cottage Foods List Guidance.
Click here for the guidance on hemp and cannabis.
Where to get help as a cottage food producer
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.
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:By law, your CFP registration is valid in 30 days or less if submitted correctly to MDA. Your certificate will be mailed; you can also look for your registration on MDA's 'license lookup' webpage.
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.