Georgia Department of Agriculture

Cottage Food Program

For information please contact:

Food Safety Division

The Cottage Food License allows Cottage Food Operators to produce non-potentially hazardous foods in their home kitchens for sale to the end consumer. These foods include:

  • Loaf Breads, Rolls, and Biscuits
  • Cakes
  • Pastries and Cookies
  • Candies and Confections
  • Fruit Pies
  • Jams, Jellies, and Preserves
  • Dried Fruits
  • Dry Herbs, Seasonings and Mixtures
  • Cereals, Trail Mixes, and Granola
  • Coated or Uncoated Nuts
  • Vinegar and Flavored Vinegars
  • Popcorn, Popcorn Balls, and Cotton Candy

Please see the Cottage Food Regulations for licensing, facility, and labeling requirements.**

Starting A Cottage Food Business Brochure

Video - How to Start a Home Foods Business in Georgia

The Cottage Foods Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document will also provide you with guidance on the types of foods that can be produced, examples of potentially hazardous foods that cannot be sold with a Cottage Food License, and additional information concerning cottage food operations.**

The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service College of Family and Consumer Sciences, in coordination with the Georgia Department of Agriculture, presented a webinar for county extension agents on the cottage food regulations and frequently asked questions. The podcast can be viewed on UGA Cooperative Extension's podcast page, or through the Department's YouTube channel.

**Please note, all Georgians who wish to sell their cottage food products to individuals or at a farmers market are required to have a Cottage Food License, which requires completion of secure and verifiable information to verify citizenship/immigration status. As directed by law, the GDA will utilize the Federal Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) program operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security.
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