Starting a Home-Based Food Business

Starting a Home-Based Food Business

By Meaghan Goepferich Posted on January 16, 2023

Are you interested in selling food products that you make in your own home?

Starting a Home-Based Food Business

Do you want to sell your home-made baked goods, candies, preserves, and more to the public? If so, you do not want to miss the University of Florida/IFAS Extension’s Home-Based Food Business Workshop. This workshop will be held on Monday, March 27, 2023, from 9:00am to 2:00pm at the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County office, located at 3650 W Sovereign Path, Suite 1, Lecanto.

The cottage food bill allows individuals to manufacture, sell and store certain types of “cottage food”
products in an unlicensed home kitchen. Cottage food operations are NOT required to obtain a license or
permit from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) or subject to
inspection by any state government entity.

This workshop will provide you with the opportunity to connect with experts in the community, get
answers to business questions and challenges, and obtain information on starting or building your
business. Learn about new ideas and get proven advice to start or grow your business. Topics will include
Florida Cottage Food Law, Social Media and advertising your business, kitchen safety for cottage food
operation, Cottage Food at farmers’ markets, and growing your vegetables for profit.

Pre-registration is required and the fee of $35 is due by March 20, 2023. Registration fee includes materials and lunch and is payable by check, cash, or online.

To register and pay online:

Make checks payable to “University of Florida” and mail or pay in person at: UF/IFAS Extension Citrus
County office, 3650 W. Sovereign Path, Suite 1, Lecanto, FL 34461.

For more information contact the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County at (352) 527-5700.
The University of Florida is committed to providing universal access to all our events. For disability
accommodations, such as sign language interpreters and listening devices, please contact Stephanie.

Our Mission:

To manage growth and foster prosperity by prioritizing the protection of environmental assets,
the development and maintenance of infrastructure, and the health, safety, and well-being of our citizens.

Clamer McMinds at or 352-527-5700 at least 1 week in advance. Advance notice is
necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.



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