Author Archive: sjerickson

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 …

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Registration Renewal Update

Hello folks! I just want to give you a quick update about your cottage food producer’s re-registration. By now those of you who have been waiting for your registration renewal letters should have received them. They are very easy to fill out online. Just follow the step-by-step instructions printed on the yellow page. One thing …

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December Update

Hi folks! I hope everyone is doing well this busy month of December. I have a few updates for you. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has informed me that the re-registration forms will be mailed out on December 15th. I know that some of you have concerns about the timing but I wouldn’t worry about …

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November 2017 Update

Hello everyone! I received some exciting news from Carrie at the MDA last night. Our Cottage Food registrations have just hit a record high 2500 active registrations! Great work everyone! Please keep spreading the word and sharing the information for Minnesota Cottage Food Producer Registration. Re-Registration                    …

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2017 Fall Update

Hello everyone! I hope you had a lovely summer. I have heard from many of our cottage food producers, both home bakers and farmer’s market vendors, that they had really great success this summer. We are nearing the end of 2017 and it won’t be long before the busy holiday season hits us. There are …

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July 24, 2017

Good Morning!! I just wanted to let you all know that the Non-Potentially Hazardous Foods fact sheet that can be found on the Minnesota Farmer’s Market Association website has been updated. Also, the University of Minnesota Extension has updated their Cottage Foods Q & A blog. There is a lot of of really great information …

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Happy Anniversary!

Two years! It’s been two whole years– which has gone by so fast– since our Cottage Food Bill was amended and I’d say it’s been a pretty successful two years. Obviously we’ve still got a few kinks to work out but with cooperation from the Dept. of Agriculture, the Dept. of Health, the University of …

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Hello June!

Hi everybody! What a great day to be a Wisconsin Cottage Food Producer! Huge congratulations to them on the passing of their bill. You can click this link to read one of the press releases: Wisconsin Cookie Bill Info. However I’m sure you can find much more information on their Wisconsin Cottage Food page. According to the Cottage …

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Update & Requests

Good Morning! I want to give you a few updates. According to Suzanne Driessen attendance of her Food Safety classes have been really good. However at this time only 1,790 folks have registered with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Please be aware that even if you have attended the Food Safety class you still have to register with …

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May 10, 2017 ~ Update

Hello everyone! I have an update for you from the Foodpreneuer Institute. If you had planned on attending their May 1st webinar, Cottage Food Basics – Learn Before You Leap you will have discovered that it was cancelled due to a power outage.  It has been rescheduled for Monday evening, June 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm ET, …

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