Cottage food refers to a growing industry in Montana allowing entrepreneurs to prepare low-risk foods, such as jams and jellies, in their home kitchen and then sell those products directly to consumers. The 2015 Montana Legislature passed the state’s cottage food law, which went into effect on October 1, 2015.
The new 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.
More information can also be found on the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services website’s cottage food page.