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MNCFPA & the Minnesota Cottage Food Community…

 Third Thursdays with Tom is Back!
Thursday, September 21st at 7pm.
On the third Thursday of each month via Zoom, Tom hosts this event. It is a great opportunity to learn more about cottage foods and get cottage food questions answered. Registration is required for this event. The link to register is located under the events tab at the top of this page.  

2024 MNCFPA Conference & Town Hall Meeting

Sunday, February 25th 1-5pm with Town Hall at 7pm 
Monday, February 26th 9am – 1pm

This year’s conference is packed with information to help grow your business in 2024. There will be hands on training and an opportunity to talk with cottage food law lawmakers and the MDA. MNCFPA is offering this conference in Bloomington, MN or via Zoom.

On Sunday, the sessions include How to Test Water Activity in Your Home, Marketing Tips and Social Media, Hands on Cookie Decorating, and Q&A session. For those who attend in person and spend the night there will be a hotel reception following the sessions. Giving you a great opportunity to mingle with fellow cottage food producers!

At 7pm we have invited lawmakers, MDA Commissioner Thom Peterson, and Assistant Commissioner Patrice Bailey and are hosting a town hall meeting. This will be a great opportunity to meet and ask questions of those who influence cottage foods here in Minnesota. Please note that you do not need to participate in the conference to attend the town hall.

On Monday, we will continue the conference with the following sessions, 2024 Legislative Update, MDA Update, Food Safety, pH Demonstration & How pH Impacts Products, and How to Create Product Labels.

There will be door prizes and refreshments. We hope to see you at the 2024 cottage food conference in person or via Zoom! Registration closes on February 23rd at midnight… so don’t delay and register today.

Water activity meter that was evaluated by the University of Minnesota Extension that can be used at home to test cottage food products.