Author Archive: sjerickson

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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Upcoming Classes & Webinars

Hi everyone! Back when I first really took over working on getting the CFL bill passed I contacted a wonderful lady named Denay Davis. Denay had been instrumental in getting the cottage food bill passed in other states and her patience in answering my questions and great advise really helped to guide me on this journey. …

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April 7, 2017 ~ Update

Good morning everyone, hope your day is off to a great start! I have a few updates for you. As many of you know there are a few items in our cottage food bill that we are still working on. After almost two years we have a clearer understanding of what works and what things still need to change. …

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March 17th, 2017 ~ Taxing Foods

Good morning! Recently there has been a lot of discussion among the cottage food producers about which foods are taxable and non-taxable. The fact sheets at the Minnesota Department of Revenue (MDOR) can be a little confusing. So I sat down and wrote up a simplified chart and I asked the kind folks at the MDOR …

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March Updates

Hello everyone! If you are like me cabin fever has set in and I’m so happy to see spring on the horizon. Folks are getting ready for spring vendor events and soon opening farmers markets. Brides are preparing for June weddings and seniors are preparing for upcoming graduations. Business should soon be booming for everyone! So please …

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Scam Alert!

Good morning all! Please be aware and alert! Unfortunately several of our Minnesota cottage food producers have been receiving the following text message and/or others similar to the one below: If you have received this or anything similar to it please delete it from your call logs immediately. As a matter of fact it is recommended by …

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