March 24, 2016

Hello everyone! Spring is here as only spring in Minnesota can be. You’ve got to love the way the weather can never make up it’s mind here. Well, I am happy to report that Suzanne Driessen just informed me that there were 50 people at the food safety class in Monticello on the 22nd. That is so great! A big thanks to Suzanne for everything she does for us!

There is a new cottage food page on the University of Minnesota Extension website. There’s a lot of really great information there. I confess, I haven’t even read it all yet! Just click this link to check it out yourself: Cottage Food FAQS. There is an events calendar and other resource information on this link: Cottage Food Producer Safety Training.

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There are two upcoming food safety training classes being sponsored by the City of Minneapolis Health Department, April 4th and 5th. These classes teach you how to produce, package, label, store and transport a safe food product. The classes will be taught by Suzanne Driessen. This training satisfies the MN Department of Agriculture (MDA) required training for both Tier I and Tier II Cottage Food vendors.  Priority registration for vendors selling at a Minneapolis market is through Sunday, March 27, 2016. On Monday, March 28th registration opens to all cottage food vendors.

For more information and to register click on this link:  Minneapolis Health Department Cottage Vendor Training.

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Some of you have asked about a Saturday food safety class. There will be 2 classes held in St. Cloud on Saturday, May 7th 2016. Here is the information from Suzanne Driessen concerning that class.

Advanced Cottage Food Producer Food Safety Workshop to be held in St. Cloud

Do you make and sell baked goods, home-canned pickles, salsa, jam and jellies? Are you a cottage food producer? If yes, attend the Advanced Cottage Food Producer Food Safety Workshop on Saturday, May 7, 2016  at the University of Minnesota Extension Regional Office, St. Cloud. Two sessions to choose from 9 AM – Noon and 1 – 4 PM. Registration is limited to 25 per class session.

This advanced safe food handling course focuses on aspects of cottage food products including baked, confectionery, dried, fruit preserves and, acid and acidified fruit and vegetables. You will learn how to produce, package and label a safe food product. This workshop meets the training requirement to register as a Minnesota cottage food producer with annual sales $5001-$18,000 per year. Individuals with gross receipts of less than $5,000 per calendar year may attend this course or complete the online training course at http://www.mda.state.mn.us/licensing/licensetypes/cottagefood.aspx . 

Pre-registration is required. Registration materials available at: Cottage Food Producer Food Safety Training . Registration deadline is May 4, 2016.  For more information contact, Connie at (507) 337-2819 or schwa047@umn.edu

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