Cottage food is the preparation of low-risk foods such as jams and jellies in a home kitchen. These products are sold directly to consumers.
Montana’s cottage food law includes several key safety measures to protect consumers. Cottage food producers must register with Environmental Health Services at RiverStone Health. They are allowed to market their products online but can only sell in face-to-face transactions with their customers. Special labeling is also required for cottage foods.
Montana Cottage food producers are allowed to sell homemade, non-potentially hazardous food items directly to consumers without a commercial kitchen license, supporting local entrepreneurship and community-based food systems.