The Cottage Food Operation Law allows certain foods made in home kitchens to be sold at Illinois farmers' markets with limited regulation. Operators must register with the health department and obtain the Food Service Sanitation Management Certificate. To obtain certification please read about the Food Service Safety Certification Program and sign up for the course.
The certificate of registration should be posted at each of the farmer’s markets that the Cottage Food operators participate in. For complete information about the Cottage Food Operation Law see the text of the law itself and the Technical Information bulletin.
To register as a Cottage Food business, fill out the registration form below for Cottage Industry Operators and file it with the health department.