Meet the Board

 Shelley Erickson – President

Shelley is the woman behind the Sweet Eats by Shelley home bakery. Ten years ago, she discovered that selling home-baked goods from home was illegal in Minnesota and set about changing the law. In 2015 the law was amended, and since then Shelley has continued to work for the success of all cottage food producers. Shelley may be reached at



Jennifer Carriveau – Vice President/Secretary

Jen acquired her passion for food from her great-grandma Zella, and began to work with Shelley Erickson in 2015 to change the law allowing individuals to legally sell home-baked creations. In her spare time Jen enjoys gardening, reading, going to the lake, and being with her family. Jen may be reached at




Christine Myhre – Treasurer

Christine has been in the food business her entire working life. Over 25 years ago she started selling pies and quick breads out of her parents roadside produce stand to help earn extra money for college and to help support her four children. That all ended when Christine moved to Minnesota 25 years ago and worked in the corporate world for many years at various different restaurants.  When she found out that Minnesota had passed the Cottage Food Law in 2015, Christine decided to go back to her passion for baking, and opened Desserts First Bakery. Christine may be reached at


Mark Christiansen – Member at Large

Picture and bio coming soon



Karen Peterson – Member at Large

In 2013, wanting to bake and sell from her home Karen found out that direct sales were not allowed. She reached to Shelley Erickson and worked to get the law changed. Now Karen is actively involved in cottage food and operates Confections by Karen in Blooming Prairie, MN. Karen may be reached at



Founding Board Members

Virginia Louden (past treasurer) – Virginia is a food enthusiast and founder of Ginny Bites home bakery and more. Virginia fills her time with family (mother of 5!), friends, foods, music, creating art of all kinds and her Minnesota based non-profit Food With Love, Inc. Virginia may be reached at