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- What Are Cottage Foods?
Michael and Elizabeth Schafer are the owners of “My Family’s Garden” and serve the central Arkansas area with quality produce grown naturally with organic methods and practices. They have experience in the farming and large-scale nursery industries, including the management of certified organic vegetables and berries. My Family's Garden operates in partnership with The Kinnard Homestead, growing its production on shared acreage. Follow Michael and Elizabeth on Instagram @truckfarming.
In Arkansas, the sale of Cottage Foods does not require a permit or license from the Arkansas Department of Health ("ADH"). According to section 20-57-201 of the Arkansas Code, a “Cottage Food Production Operation” means a person who produces food items in the person’s home that are not potentially hazardous foods, including without limitation:
- Bakery products
- Fruit butter
- Chocolate-covered fruit and berries that are not cut
Food items that are considered "potentially hazardous" do not qualify as a Cottage Food and, therefore, do require a permit or license to sell from the ADH. These items include:
- Food items that must be kept refrigerated or hot to remain safe (Examples: cheesecakes, Tres Leches cakes, cream or cheese filled items, cream pies, meringue pies, custard pies, items containing meat, and cream cheese based frostings or fillings.)
- Food items made with splenda and similar sugar substitutes