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Farm-to-Fork Events & Cottage Food Operations

Farm-to-Fork Events

A "farm-to-fork," as defined by Nevada Revised Statutes Chapter 446; Assembly Bill 200, allows farms to hold farm-to-fork events in certain circumstances without being considered a food establishment for purposes of inspections by the health authority.

In Washoe County, such farms are required to register with the local health authority. Both forms: Farm-To-Fork Registration and Permit to Operate Application must be submitted to the Washoe County Health District (WCHD). Once approved, the WCHD will provide a letter verifying approval. For more information please refer to the Farm to Fork Event Fact Sheet and Food Safety Guidelines or contact the WCHD at 328-2434.

Cottage Food Operations

A "cottage food operation," as defined by Nevada Revised Statues Chapter 446; Senate Bill 206, means a natural person who manufactures or prepares food items in a non-food establishment setting for sale to a natural person.

In Washoe County, such operations are required to register with the Washoe County Health District (WCHD). Both forms: Cottage Food Operation Registration and Permit to Operate Application must be submitted to the WCHD. Once approved, the WCHD will provide a letter verifying approval. For more information, please see the Cottage Food Fact Sheet and Food Safety Guidelines or contact the WCHD at 328-2434.

Cottage Food FAQs

Breads, cakes, pastries, candies, cookies, bread mixes, fruit pies, jams, jellies, preserves, dried fruits, popcorn, popcorn balls, cotton candy, dry herbs, seasonings, cereals, trail-mixes, granolas, coated and un-coated nuts and vinegar and flavored vinegar.
Home canned foods and sauces, pickled items, breads/cakes/pies made with home canned food ingredients, apple cider, dried or dehydrated meats or chicken (jerkies), apple (fruit) butters, pumpkin butter or other fruit butters. Additionally, foods containing cream cheese frosting, uncooked egg, custard or meringue may not be sold.
This is due to the inherent risks that may be associated with these non-allowable foods, since they will not be inspected or regulated by Local/State/Federal health officials. The bill passed by the Nevada Legislature allowed only certain listed foods to be provided.
No, but you need to be registered with the Washoe County Health District to sell in Washoe County. To sell in other Nevada Counties you must be registered with the Health Authority which has jurisdiction in that area.

Carson City Health and Human Services
(775) 887-2190, www.gethealthycarsoncity.org

Southern Nevada Health District
(702) 759-0588, www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org

All other rural areas - Nevada Department of Health and Humans Services
(775) 687-7550 http://health.nv.gov/BFHS_EHS.htm

The Nevada Legislature (SB 206 77/2013) has placed a $35,000.00 per year limit to the amount of money that one can earn in the Cottage Food Industry.
No, you may not sell Cottage Foods over the Internet or the phone. The Cottage Food law disallows this.
No, your foods are not inspected/produced under the required industry standards. The Cottage Food law disallows this.
Your foods are not inspected/produced under the required industry standards (USDA, FDA) that are required for routine sales/use to the food service industry. The Cottage Food law disallows this.
In your home, at a roadside stand on your own property, flea market, swap meet, church bazaar, garage sale or craft fair.
Contact your local Health District.
You can give out samples if they are prepackaged. If the samples are not prepackaged a temporary sampling permit will be needed. Contact the Health District for details on obtaining a temporary sampling permit.
Contact the following Business License Departments:
Washoe County (775) 328-3733
City of Reno (775) 334-2090
City of Sparks (775) 353-2360
Please visit the Nevada Department of Taxation for further details.