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Cottage food producer food safety training

Ask the food safety experts your questions and test your own cottage food!

Do you make and sell baked goods, home-canned pickles, salsa, jam or jelly? This hands-on, interactive workshop is for you. It focuses on food safety practices for all processes covered under the cottage food law including drying, baking, confections, jams and jellies, acid and acidified fruit and vegetables, and fermentation.

You will learn how to produce, package, label, store, and transport a safe food product. Ask questions of the food safety experts and have your product tested to see if it is an allowable non-potentially hazardous food under the Cottage Food Law.


By attending, you will meet the training requirement of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to register as a cottage food producer.

2017 Cottage Food Workshops

Date, time Location Register
Thu., April 6, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Moorhead: Travelodge and Suites Conference Room, 3027 S. Frontage Rd. Register
Sat., May 6, 9 a.m.-noon AND repeated at 1-4 p.m. St. Cloud Extension Regional Office, 3601 18th St. S., #113, St. Cloud, MN 56301 Register
Thu., June 1, 9 a.m.-noon Rochester: Heintz Center, Room HA102, 1926 College View Rd. SE Register
Wed., July 12, 9 a.m.-noon Minneapolis: U of M Robert J. Jones Urban Outreach Center, 2001 Plymouth Ave. N. Register
Thu., Sept. 14, 9 a.m.-noon Grand Marais: Cook County Community Center, 317 W. 5th St. Register
Wed., Sept. 27, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Willmar Extension Regional Office, Lower Level Conf Room, 1802 18th St. NE Register
Thu., Nov. 9, 1-4 p.m. Little Falls: Morrison County Government Center, 213 1st Ave. SE Register
Sat., Dec. 2, 9 a.m.-noon AND repeated at 1-4 p.m. St. Cloud Extension Regional Office, 3601 18th St. S., #113 Register

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For more information contact Suzanne Driessen, driessen@umn.edu, 320-203-6057.

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