Cottage Foods


Two pieces of legislation were passed during the 2015 Legislative Session that change Colorado’s Cottage Foods Act.

SB15-085 clarifies the definition of (cottage foods) “Producer” as an individual who is a resident of Colorado or a Limited Liability Company (LLC) formed in Colorado, consisting of two or fewer members, and of which all members are residents of Colorado. The legislation also increases the net revenue allowed by cottage foods producers to a maximum of ten thousand dollars per calendar year from the sale of each eligible food product produced in the producer’s home kitchen or a commercial, private or public kitchen.

HB15-1102 adds allowable products and categorizes these products into two tiers.

Tier one foods are what have historically been allowed (spices, teas, dehydrated produce, nuts, seeds, honey, jams, jellies, preserves, fruit butter, and baked goods, including candies) and adds flour, fruit empanadas and tortillas.

Tier two foods are limited to pickled vegetables that have an equilibrium pH value of 4.6 or lower. The State Board of Health is required to promulgate rules, including enforcement provisions, necessary to provide for the safe production and sale of tier two foods. Until rules are finalized; these products may not be produced under the Cottage Foods Act. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is working with stakeholders on the rule development. Watch this page for updates as we will post information when it becomes available.

Cottage Foods Stakeholder Meeting

The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) Division of Environmental Health and Sustainability is convening the fourth in a series of stakeholder meetings to discuss proposed revisions to the Rules and Regulations Governing Cottage Food Producers in the State of Colorado, 6 CCR 1010‐15. The meeting is scheduled for Friday, February 12, 2016, from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm in Building C at the CDPHE main campus.

The meeting can also be attended remotely through a conference call and webinar. If you are planning to attend the meeting in person at CDPHE, please e-mail and include the number of people who will be joining you, if applicable. Additional details for the meeting are provided below:

Friday, February 12, 2016
9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Conference Room C1A, Building C on Main Campus
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO 80246

Attendees must sign‐in at the security desk on the 1st floor of the main building (Building A) before proceeding to the conference room. There is ample free visitor parking on campus clearly indicated with signage.

For those wishing to attend via telephone, the conference call‐in number is: (712) 432-3100, Participant Code: 316666. There will also be a website where documents being discussed can be reviewed live by attendees.

To log in go to:

In an effort to reach out to new stakeholders and provide an additional informational resource for existing ones, CDPHE has created and implemented a Cottage Food Regulation Development webpage.  The webpage provides all Department deliverables generated as a result of the stakeholder meetings, as well as guidance documents and general information,

What are Cottage Foods in Colorado?

A limited range of foods that are non-potentially hazardous and that do not require refrigeration. These foods are limited to spices, teas, dehydrated produce, nuts, seeds, honey, jams, jellies, preserves, fruit butter, and baked goods, including candies.

Foods produced under this act must be sold only directly to ultimate consumers and not to grocery stores or restaurants; and must be sold only on the producer’s premises, at the producer’s roadside stand, or at a farmers’ market, community-supported agriculture organization, or similar venue where the product is sold directly to consumers.

Read the full text of the initial Colorado Cottage Foods Act. This Act became a state law on March 15, 2012. Additional changes were made to the Act during the 2013 Legislative Session. Visit the updated Act, as of April 4, 2013, by clicking here.

Food Handler Training Options

The Act states that “a producer must take a food safety course that includes basic food handling training and is comparable to, or is a course given by, the Colorado state university extension service or a state, county, or district public health agency, and must maintain a status of good standing in accordance with the course requirements, including attending any additional classes if necessary.”

Face-to-Face Training:

Online Training:

Food Safety Instructor Training

Note that only certified food manager trainers (credentialed by either ServSafe® or NEHA) can offer certificates of completion to individuals for either of the food manager training programs. Obtaining a passing score and a certificate of completion is a prerequisite for cottage food producers wishing to produce value-added products allowed under Colorado’s 2012 Cottage Food Act.

  • ServSafe® certifies ServSafe® Certified Instructors. The educational and professional requirements for obtaining this level of certification are listed here for ServSafe instructors and proctors.
  • The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) offers Registered Food Safety Trainer certification. Required credentials and competencies are listed on their application page.