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
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.