Cottage Food

The Colorado Cottage Food Act allows for the sale and serving of selected foods to the public that are prepared in the home or other unlicensed kitchens, with certain restrictions and training requirements. The sale and service to the public of foods that are not permitted by the Colorado Cottage Food Act requires a Colorado Retail Food Establishment License and shall be prepared in an approved commercial kitchen. Cottage foods must be sold directly to the consumer by the cottage food vendor.


Education Requirements

The Colorado Cottage Food Act requires "producers to 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." Safe food handling courses should include topics on safe food sources, personal hygiene, sanitation of equipment, worker illness, food temperature control, safe water, sewage disposal, pest control, proper hand washing, and control of toxins.