Cottage foods, also known as home-kitchen foods, are produced and packaged by a cottage food vendor in a kitchen and prepared for direct sale by that vendor. Cottage foods are intended for human consumption. Pet food and pet treats require a feed license from Agricultural Inputs.
Cottage food sales are allowed under Georgia regulations. Licensed cottage food operators are permitted to make only food that is not potentially hazardous (see examples of approved products below). Operators can use their home kitchen to make products to sell directly to consumers at non-profit events, for-profit events, and through online sales.
Note: Cottage food operators aren't allowed to distribute or wholesale these products, nor can they ship cottage food products across state lines. If they're made and sold without a Food Sales Establishment License, cottage food products are considered to be from an unapproved source. They can't be distributed to retail stores, restaurants, or institutions.
Cottage food products include:
- Loaf Breads, Rolls, and Biscuits
- 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 Vinegar
- Popcorn, Popcorn Balls, and Cotton Candy