UGA Extension Office

Agribusiness Resources

Cottage Food Help

Cottage food sales are allowed under Georgia regulations, Chapter 40-7-19. Licensed cottage food operators can only make non-potentially hazardous foods (see examples of approved products below). Operators can use their domestic home kitchen to produce products to sell directly to consumers at non-profit events, for-profit events, and through on-line internet sales.


Note: Cottage food operators may not distribute or wholesale these products, nor can they ship cottage food products across state lines. Without a Food Sales Establishment License, cottage food products are considered to be from an unapproved source, and cannot be distributed to retail stores, restaurants, or institutions.


Cottage food products 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 Vinegar
  • Popcorn, Popcorn Balls, and Cotton Candy