Cottage Food Retailers – Information to Obtain Permit for Sales of Home Prepared Food
Recently, legislation passed by the IL General Assembly known as “The Home-To-Market-Act, Senate Bill 2007” (SB2007), created new regulations for cottage food operations. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the University of Illinois Extension Services, and the IL Farmers Market Association (ILFMA) supported this bill and have been working diligently to provide the appropriate information and applications to meet the changes to the SB2007, becoming effective January 1, 2022.
This bill allows more foods to be sold (no cap on sales) and expands the sales avenues for cottage food producers to include direct-to-customer sales avenues such as fairs, festivals, home sales, pick-up, delivery, and shipping (in-state only). Not included are sales to retailers or distributors. Please take time to review the information manuals, requirements, forms, and listed website resources from the University of IL Extension Services, IDPH, and the IL Famer’s Market Association (ILFMA) which are available on this website (above).