Food Safety Training

Cottage Foods in Colorado

Colorado Senate Bill 12-048 allows individuals to produce, sell and store certain types of “cottage food” products in an unlicensed home kitchen that are non-potentially hazardous and that do not require refrigeration. The Colorado Cottage Foods Act allows individuals to make and sell a limited range of foods, including spices, teas, dehydrated produce, nuts, seeds, honey, jams, jellies, preserves, fruit butter, flour, and baked goods, including candies, fruit empanadas, and tortillas.

Colorado Cottage Foods Product Pages

Food Safety for Colorado Cottage Foods Producers

Offered by Colorado State University Extension, this new training program covers the specifics of the Colorado Cottage Food Act and how to safely operate a food business from a home kitchen. Length: 2.5 to 3 hours; 3-year certificate.

Participants will learn:

  • Basic food safety – including proper hygiene; preventing cross contamination and cross contact of food allergens; temperature control for safe food preparation, storage, transport and sales
  • Foods permissible in Colorado’s Cottage Food Act
  • Ingredient labeling and disclaimer requirements
  • Special considerations for food preparation at altitude
  • Resources for going further

Colorado Cottage Foods–CSU Extension Contacts

CountyContact Method
ArapahoeSee flyer and register here
BoulderSee flyer and register here
ChaffeeContact or call (719)-39-6447
DeltaContact Ann Duncan at
EagleSee flyer and register here
El PasoLearn more and register here
JeffersonSee flyer and register here
LarimerSee flyer and register here
LoganSee flyer and register here
MesaContact Ann Duncan at
MontroseContact Ann Duncan at
PuebloLearn more and register here
RouttContact Libby Christensen at

For other Colorado locations, please contact your local county Extension office and see the Cottage Food Safety Classes State Schedule.

Additional Pages:

Food Safety For Colorado Cottage Food Producers

CDPHE Cottage Foods Information

Food Safety Works Newsletter

ServSafe Information