Illinois Cottage Food Laws

Hi!

I am new to site and thought I would ask if anyone is from Illinois, and working as a cottage baker? I am running into confusion. The cottage law says only farmers' markets up to $36,000, but my county passed a cupcake law (home baked goods ordinance) allowing just $1,000 a month from home.

I am wondering if anyone is familiar with Kendall County in regards to this? When I called, one person told me I cannot do both the farmers' market and home baking; then the city said they did not think I could bake from home at all. Health department said there is definite confusion.

Anyone familiar with Illinois and can give me guidance would be greatly appreciated!

Have a SWEET day!

Wendy

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Sounds like the government agencies there need to coordinate and get their message straight. Sorry to hear about the bureaucracy there, but, unfortunately, I encountered tons of conflicting information when trying to start my non-home-based business in Missouri. It's hard to find anyone accountable for anything. Good luck!

I replied about this on your other post. I truly think Illinois does this on purpose to avoid the whole issue. If you look on Etsy there are quite a few cookie bakers in Illinois and I'll bet most, if not all, of them are not legal. When I don't see a statement saying their cookies are baked in a licensed kitchen (or whatever the correct wording is) I wonder about it.

I want to add that I'm NOT saying every cookie decorator in Illinois isn't legal. I'm sure there are many. I'm just saying that it's difficult to become legal and figuring out all the mumbo jumbo and there are some out there selling that may think they are legal as well. I don't want to offend anyone.

I lived in Kendall county most of my life.   I ran into the same thing and eventually (out of frustration) moved forward another direction.  Now residing in another county in Illinois with strong community support... much of which is from the health department I'm l'm crossing my t's and dotting my i's.  An official qualified home baker for farmers markets.  While living in Kendall one avenue I considered and researched was renting a kitchen (ie: high school home economics classroom, VFW etc.) They are certified kitchens required to pass inspections by the health department that sits there in Yorkville Il. The problem I ran into was the cost.  With other fee's in starting up it wasn't reasonable.  Might be an avenue for you to pursue...I'd researched it bout' 15 years ago.  Good Luck to you.

I just got a call from our city and apparently since Kendall County has now passed the home baked goods Ordinance the city opted not to pass their own, and follow the county's so they told me I can proceed with $1000 in sales from home or $36,000 a year at farmers markets and craft events.  So, it is something!

Cookie Lovin Mom posted:

I just got a call from our city and apparently since Kendall County has now passed the home baked goods Ordinance the city opted not to pass their own, and follow the county's so they told me I can proceed with $1000 in sales from home or $36,000 a year at farmers markets and craft events.  So, it is something!

Good news!

Though it strikes me as a bit bizarre that there's such a different allowance for at-home sales versus farmer's markets sales - with all the stuff coming from the same kitchen, I don't know how one distribution channel (home) would present more health risk (presuming health risk is one primary reason they limit those sales). Though maybe they're more worried about increased customer traffic in a residential zone and the impact that might have on neighbors . . . would be interesting to understand the logic that goes into crafting these ordinances.

There is a discrepancy with farmers market from what state says you can actually combine and do both farmer's market and home baked goods to combine into total sales of $48,000 however county health department says they are two separate entities so you would have to have two separate names, etc. 

It is but each county is now passing their "cupcake law" and many of counties are passing them.  Perhaps check to see if yours has passed it yet.  I know many have passed it in this past year!  The farmers market is Illinois but the home baked aspect is only by county if they pass the ordinance.

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