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University of Illinois Extension serving Christian, Jersey, Macoupin and Montgomery Counties

Montgomery County
#1 Industrial Park Dr.
Hillsboro, IL 62049
Phone: 217-532-3941
FAX: 217-532-3944
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4:30 pm

Christian County
1120 N Webster St.
Taylorville, IL 62568
Phone: 217-287-7246
FAX: 217-287-7248
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 11:30 am; 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Jersey County
201 W. Exchange St.
Suite A
Jerseyville, IL 62052
Phone: 618-498-2913
FAX: 618-498-5913
Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4 pm and Thursday 8 am to 12 pm

Macoupin County
#60 Carlinville Plaza
Carlinville, IL 62626
Phone: 217-854-9604
FAX: 217-854-7804
Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4:30 pm

News Release

New website provides information on Illinois Cottage Foods Law

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



Local Contact: Lisa Peterson, Extension Educator, Nutrition and Wellness,