Rules on the new Cottage Food Law

On October 4, 2021, the New Jersey Health Department created rules to allow home bakers to sell their goods as a food business. New Jersey was the last state to adopt a “Cottage Food Law” that allows many types of non perishable foods to be sold directly to the end consumer. No wholesale or shipping is allowed and producers can only sell up to $50,000 of their product annually. Those looking to sell must apply for a permit an take a Food Safety Manager Training Course, which must be renewed every two years.

The rules prohibit catering, mail order and wholesale. Products can be purchased online, you can only sell to someone from another state if they are in NJ to pick it up. Only in person delivery directly to the consumer and home pick up is permitted.

When you are selling outside of your home (at farmers markets, events, farm stands, etc.), you must display your cottage food permit along with a sign which states “This food is prepared pursuant to N.J.A.C. 8:24-11 in a home kitchen that has not been inspected by the Department of Health”

To review the entire rule adoption – please visit here