The Nevada cottage food Law provides a simple and free registration process that allows the production of candy, jams, jellies, nut mixes, vinegar, dried herbs and spice mixes, dried fruit, cereals, trail mixes, granola, popcorn balls and baked goods that do not need to be refrigerated for safety.

The Lincoln Communities Action Team (LCAT) sponsored a presentation on how to produce and sell food from home in Nevada. This little known money maker is known as the Cottage Food Industry and the seminar was held on July 16 at the Caliente Fire Station. Holly Gatzke, from the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension,  lead the discussion group demonstrating how simple it has become to legally make and sell certain food products from your home.

Many have dreamed of making specialty food items and selling them, such as converting the produce you grow into food that could be sold. The Nevada Cottage Food Law provides a simple and free registration process that allows the production of candy, jams, jellies, nut mixes, vinegar, dried herbs and spice mixes, dried fruit, cereals, trail mixes, granola, popcorn balls and baked goods that do not need to be refrigerated for safety.

These products can be sold directly to consumers from the home, at farmers markets and craft fairs but not through stores or distributors. A simple but proper label must be used identifying the food, ingredients, maker and that it is an uninspected cottage food.

The presentation also outlined how to establish a successful small food business and how products other than those on the cottage food list could be made for sale.

f you missed the July 16 seminar, the application and guide for cottage foods can be found at http://health.nv.gov/BFHS_EHS.htm. For additional information, contact Holly Gatzke at (775) 726-3109 extension 106 or email gatzkeh@unce.unr.edu .