Selling Food

Take your passion for preparing food to the new level.

Whether for a hobby or as a career, selling food grown or made in your home carries endless possibilities for enjoyment and profit. It also carries substantial responsibilities for the safety of the public who purchases and consumes your food products. Major changes took effect January 1, 2022 in the Cottage Food Operation Law's Home-to-Market Act. Illinois Extension helped craft the law and is your guide to operating within the new regulations. Outshine the rest and grow your home-based business. 

Resale: Selling Food Direct to Consumers

Now allowed from your home kitchen

Have you ever considered selling your homemade food, but aren’t quite ready to invest in a commercial kitchen to do it? The Illinois Cottage Food law allows growers and food entrepreneurs to prepare certain foods and drink in their home kitchen and sell directly to consumers.

New legislation, went into effect January 1, 2022 expanding the direct sales from solely farmers markets to fairs, festivals, public events, pickup from the private home or farm, delivery to the consumer, and online.

Click the Cottage Food link to learn the latest legislation concerning Illinois Cottage Food law, and how to comply with safety standards to ensure that cottage food products are safe, healthy, and enjoyable for all.

Resale Selling Food Direct to Consumers

Commercial kitchen required

If you plan to sell food or drink on the Illinois Cottage Food prohibited list, you will need to prepare your product using a commercial kitchen and call your local health department to get the information you need to get started.

Wholesale Selling Food to Other Entities

If you plan to sell food or drink to other entities, such as grocery stores or restaurants, who then sell it, you may need to take different steps depending on what type of product you sell. Call your local health department to get the information you need to get started.

Coming Soon
Illinois Cottage Food Operator Training: 
This Illinois Extension online course allows you to set your own pace and learn about the Illinois Cottage Food Law, including the latest changes, from the comfort of your own home. Topics include legislation, general food safety, refrigerated and frozen food, food preservation, packaging and labeling and the business side.