New website provides information on Illinois Cottage Foods Law - U of I Extension

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New website provides information on Illinois Cottage Foods Law


June 1, 2016

Source: Jenna Smith, 309-663-8306,

News writer: Stephanie Henry, 217-244-1183,


URBANA, Ill. – Maybe your friends tell you that your bread is delicious, that your cookies melt in their mouths, or that you should be selling your baked goods.


Jenna Smith, a University of Illinois Extension nutrition and wellness educator explains that starting a business might be easier than some might think. “Illinois has a Cottage Foods Law that enables small-scale entrepreneurs to sell their products made in their own home kitchens, such as baked goods, jams and jellies, or dried herbs and teas, at their local farmers market,” she says. 


Want to know more? U of I Extension has designed a website that provides more information about Illinois’ Cottage Foods Law. Those interested can learn more about which foods can and cannot be sold, what requirements must be met to get started, and essential food safety information to keep customers safe and one’s business reputable.


Go to to learn more.


“Now is the perfect time to begin thinking about what to sell at your farmers market,” Smith says. 


For more information, contact Drusilla Banks at 815-933-8337 or; Mary Liz Wright at 217-826-5422 or; or Smith at 309-663-8306 or



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