Canned plums from my backyard garden.

Cottage Goods Business

Okay, so your garden went crazy this year, you have a bounty of Habanero peppers and you learned how to safely can it into some delicious jelly with the help of the US Dept of Agriculture website. Your friends and family went crazy over your jelly and suddenly you begin to wonder, could this could actually become a money maker?

If you are new to this, you may be surprised to learn that there is a Cottage Goods industry where you can sell your home baked goods and canned jams.

Rice Krispy Trees
Rice Krispy Trees


The regulations differ from state to state and even within counties so you have to do your research first. There are limits on the amount of money you can profit each year  and you cannot wholesale or sell online, but it can be a fun way to make some extra spending money for the holidays.

Potential write offs: Baking and canning supplies and equipment. Produce and gardening supplies.


Cottage Food Laws by State is a great website to jump start your information search or just Google it.

Cottage Food Laws: Selling Baked Goods From Home


6 thoughts on “Cottage Goods Business”

  1. It definitely differs by state – in Oregon you can’t sell any of your canned goods without a domestic kitchen license, and you can’t get a domestic kitchen license if you have any pets or use your kitchen for a lot of other things. Kind of a bummer 🙁

    1. Thank you for your comment. I agree with you that it is disappointing when regulations are so restrictive that it makes the cost prohibitive. Unfortunately there are a lot more restrictions in some states so it’s really important to do your research first.

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