Michigan farmer's markets and food stands have taken off with help from the Cottage Food Law, that passed in 2010. MSU Extension offices in Grand Rapids is offering a workshop to those who are interested in the business of selling their homemade foods to the public.
Jeannie Nichols, MSU Extension Food Safety Educator says it's important for small food businesses to know about selling food safely and successfully. "People are interesting in making some extra money and know they'll be selling a safe product."
Entrepreneurs will learn about the kinds of food they are allowed to sell under the Cottage Food Law and according to Nichols, the selection sounds pretty yummy. "Fresh foods that do not have to be refrigerated can be sold, like cookies, cakes and fruit pies, and also jams and jellies that are canned."
At the end of the workshop, cooks will receive a certificate to let customers know they've had safety training related to Michigan Cottage Foods, which Nichols says is a good marketing tool.
The Cottage Food Workshop will be held Tuesday, April 23rd from 1-3pm at the Kent County/Michigan State University Extension office, located at 775 Ball Ave. NE. For registration information, head to http://events.anr.msu.edu/cflkentapril2013.