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Cottage food producer food safety training

Do you make and sell baked goods, home-canned pickles, salsa, jam or jelly?

This training 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! In the in-person workshops, you can have your product tested to see if it is an allowable non-potentially hazardous food under the Cottage Food Law.

By attending a workshop or taking our online course, you will meet the tier 2 ($5,001 to $18,000 in sales) training requirement of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to register as a cottage food producer.

Choose to take the course online or in-person

Both the online and in-person trainings satisfy the advanced tier 2 training of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.


$50 Register


$50 See upcoming dates below.

In-person 2018 Cottage Food Workshops

Date, time Location Register
Wed, Jun 27, 1-5 PM Willmar Register
Wed, Jul 10, 1-5 PM Mankato Register
Tue, Jul 31, 1-5 PM Bemidji Register
Thurs, Aug 9, 9 AM-1 PM Brainerd Register
Sat, Sept 8, 9 AM-1 PM Duluth Register
Wed, Oct 17, 1-5 PM Minneapolis Register
Wed, Nov 7, 1-5 PM Worthington Register
Sat, Dec 8, 9 AM-1 PM St. Cloud Register

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For more information contact Suzanne Driessen,, 320-203-6057.

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