Cottage Food Legislation will aid rural communities

MADISON – Today, the State Senate passed Senate Bill 330 unanimously on a voice vote. The bill, which is authored by Senator Shelia Harsdorf (R-River Falls) and Senator Janis Ringhand (D-Evansville), is commonly referred to as the “Cookie Bill”, and if signed into law, would allow the sale of certainhome baked goods such as cookies and muffins.


This legislation builds on the success of the “Pickle Bill” – legislation passed in 2009 which allows individuals to sell up to $5,000 worth of home canned goods at community events like farmers’ markets.  Wisconsin is one of a couple states in the upper Midwest that currently does not allow the sale of home baked goods.  This legislation would alter the list of saleable items to include non-hazardous baked goods, should the participant meet the necessary food safety labeling and signage requirements.  Furthermore it would allow for face-to-face sales of both these canned and baked goods and increase the $5,000 income cap to $7,500.


“This is a common sense bill for rural communities,” said Rep. Ringhand. “Not only does this allow farmers to earn additional income, but it also encourages potential entrepreneurs by removing some initial barriers to starting a home business.  As a small business owner, I know this bill is good for business.”


The Assembly Committee on Small Business Development has already held a public hearing on Assembly Bill 417, Senate Bill 330’s companion bill in the Assembly, and it is available for a vote by the full committee.

“I hope the committee takes action on the “Cookie Bill” shortly and urge the Assembly to schedule it for a vote before entire body so Wisconsin is no longer the only state with cottage food law that excludes home baked goods,” concluded Senator Ringhand.