University of Maryland Extension

The Cottage Act


For more information about starting your own Cottage Food Business, and up coming Food for Profit workshops contact:

Ginger S. Myers, Ag Marketing Specialist and Director, Maryland Rural Enterprise Development Center
University of Maryland Extension

What is The Cottage Food Law?

"In 2012, Maryland passed a modified Cottage Law, allowing for citizens to operate a home based bakery or home food processing company."


What is Food for Profit?

Food for Profit was created by Penn State Extension Educator Winifred W. McGee.  The University of Maryland Extension Educator (Marketing Specialist), Ginger S. Myers, has partnered with PSU to bring this informative workshop to Maryland.  Food for Profit "takes you step by step through the information necessary to start and run a small food product business, especially directed to individals who will be making and packing their products for resale through grocery stores, farm markets, or restaurants."


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