September 2016 ~ Happy Fall!

Hello everyone! It’s hard to believe that another summer has come and gone. It has been so exciting to hear that many of you had a very successful summer. From blue ribbons to sold out events, the news has been wonderful! It’s also been great to see all of the new websites and blogs. On the MN Registered Cottage Foods Producers Group, found on Facebook, many of you have shared your websites and success stories, discussed sales and cooking techniques, and so many other things. It has been a pleasure getting to know the cottage food producers of Minnesota.

We are happy to report that so many have been diligent in registering and making sure to attend the food safety classes. We know that it’s not always easy to attend the classes, but Suzanne Driessen and her colleagues are doing the very best they can to accommodate everyone. If you want to have a class in your area and can get a group of interested folks together, please let Suzanne know. She is happy to try to work something out. At this time there is a class scheduled for October 13th in St Cloud, 10 people are already signed up. If you would like to attend you can find more information here: flyer-template-cottage-foods-2016-st-cloud

The Minnesota Farmer’s Market Association is a great place to find useful information. They have a section called FMPP Farmers’ Market Academy Videos, which among all of the other info, has a Youtube video of Suzanne Driessen giving one of her classes. Check it out!

Even though we are only just beginning fall, some of you have already been asking about re-registering for 2017. At this time I am waiting for more information from the Department of Agriculture on how they will contact everyone this year. Please be patient and as soon as I know I will update you on how to proceed. (For those of you who do not know, your 2016 registration expires on December 31st, 2016. You will need to re-register before the end of December to make sure that you have your 2017 registration on January 1st.)

At this time there are 1,748 registered cottage food producers in Minnesota. Obviously that is far less than the number of people actually selling cottage foods in the farmer’s markets, from home and at events. It’s up to us to make sure we spread the word. There are still a lot of people who just don’t know yet. Please be sure to share this information with others. Thank you!


Happy Fall You All!






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