cottage industry

Quick Guide to Texas' Cottage Industry

By Bryan Hibbard / Photography By Bob Levy | March 22, 2017
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Kathleen Morgan whipping up some ice cream

What are cottage foods?
Food produced in the home and sold directly to consumers

What types of food are allowed?
Baked goods, candy, nuts, fruit pies, jams, pickles, coffee and tea, dried goods

What foods are not allowed?
Meat, dairy, canned vegetables, salsas, baked goods that require refrigeration

What is the maximum gross sales?
$50,000 per year

Where can cottage foods be sold?
Farmers markets, community events, farm stands, producer’s home

What cottage food sales are not allowed?
Restaurants/businesses, internet sales (though having a website is fine), craft fairs/flea markets

What licensing is needed?
Food handler’s license

Packaging requirements?
Address of food producer and a statement explaining that the food is made in a home kitchen

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