[Market-farming] Ohio Cottage Industry Regs

maury sheets maurysheets at verizon.net
Thu Jun 7 14:48:33 EDT 2007



            Have you looked into asking a small restaurant if you could use
their kitchen during the night?  The hours aren't so great, but it could be
quite inexpensive for you.


I have heard of start-up businesses paying for space that way until they can
afford their own kitchen.


Maury Sheets








Woodland Produce- Fairton, New Jersey

Hydroponically producing sustainable salad greens in the Northeast.



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Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Ohio Cottage Industry Regs


Likewise, 15 months ago or so we were at the day-long training session put
on by ODA in Reynoldsburg regarding food safety issues. We were told that no
food product could be cut by a knife. Home-ground corn meal is not
allowed--this was specifically asked by a participant. When asked how to
harvest greens, etc. without cutting them, the director admitted that this
was a gray area. However, blending herbs was also cited as not being legal
under cottage industry regs. I got the impression that enforcement may vary
from county to county but that the ODA is working to bring everyone up to


"What Foods are not Allowed to be Manufactured for Sale or Distribution by a
Cottage Food Production Operation?  ... Non-potentially hazardous food
items/processes not permitted to be made or performed in a "Cottage Food
Production Operation"--Snack Foods (potato chips, popcorn, trail mix, etc.);
Cereals including granola; Repackaging of Foods; Production of Dry Food
Mixes; Drying of foods including Herbs and Fruits, etc. 


Just another reason why we want to find a reasonably priced way to fund or
utilize a commercial kitchen. The really profitable items seem to require


How about vendors' foodstands used at fairs.? Are they certified as a
commercial kitchen, or is there another classification for them? Many of the
prohibited operations would seem to be performed in them on a routine basis.



On 6/7/07, Debbie Moore <caverdjmoore at hotmail.com> wrote: 

>No I don't and I should. I also grow and dry various culinary herbs and
cayenne peppers but have yet to make blends with those. And since I'm in 
Ohio such things go under "cottage industry" regs. 

Lucy - Our local health dept. quoted the following regs and was adamant that
I cannot dry my herbs and blend them under cottage industry laws here in
Ohio. I have not pursued it further to see if an inspected kitchen is OK, or

if I need a commercial kitchen. PLEASE let me know if you find out




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