What homemade foods can be legally sold at a farmers market?


Many States allow some foods made in home kitchens, or cottage foods, to be sold to the public without meeting commercial food safety standards. Cottage food laws are made on a State-by-State basis to determine which foods are considered “non-hazardous.” This varies based on location, although it generally includes foods that do not need to be refrigerated and do not contain meat.

Common cottage food products:

  • breads
  • candy
  • cookies
  • jelly
  • honey

Contact your State agriculture department or extension office for more information about what is legal in your State.