Happy New Year!

2018 has arrived in all it’s freezing glory! I know it’s not as cold as it can be here in our lovely state of Minnesota, but for some reason the chill factor seems worse than usual. I hope you all had a lovely holiday season. I know many of you had a lot of business and hopefully you will get a few weeks break before thinking about those Valentine’s Day orders.

A quick reminder, if you haven’t re-registered yet you must do that right away. Your 2017 registrations expired on Dec. 31st, 2017. As of today we already have 745 renewed registrations so it looks like the online process is working smoothly. We want to thank the folks at the MDA for making that work so well. If you are new to the cottage food industry and would be interested in becoming a cottage food producer, you can register at the Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture website: Cottage Food Producer Registration

Suzanne Driessen sent me the list of upcoming food safety classes for 2018. You will find them in the events section on our MN Cottage Food Law Facebook page and also on the U of M Extension website.  If you are interested in taking a class but can’t find one near you, please let Suzanne know. You can also take the online food safety classes which can be found at these links:

Tier 1, $0 – $5000.00. This class must be completed when you register.

Tier 2, $5001.00 – $18,000.00. Advanced Training must be completed when you reach Tier 2 status.

Even though it is super cold outside there are still several indoor farmer’s markets and vendor events going on. In my surrounding area there is Maple Grove, Monticello, Big Lake and Princeton winter farmer’s markets. If you’d like to find the one nearest you click on this link from the Minnesota Grown website. Just type in your zip code and you will see all of the winter markets in your area. By the way, if you aren’t already following their website, Minnesota Grown has a lot of interesting and useful information.
Minnesota Grown Directory

I try to share articles that are written about our Cottage Food Producers as often as I can. I’m afraid I do not always see them and for that I apologize. Today I would like to share with you a newspaper article written about our MN Cottage Food Producer Ruth Francour of Aunt Ruth’s Goods. Congratulations Ruth! Local Artisan Profile, MankatoLife

That’s all I have for now. Stay warm and have an amazing year!

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