Employee and owner of Monica's Chocolates, small business in Lubec, Maine

Recipe to Market: Is It For ME?


This workshop will introduce participants to important topics that an aspiring entrepreneur needs to consider before starting a food business. Topics that will be presented include the specialty food industry, business basics, an overview of the product development process, licensing and regulations, and food safety concerns.

The April 18 workshop has been changed to September 20, 2023.

When: Wednesday, September 20, 2023
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Online via Zoom
Minimum number of participants: 10

UMaine Cooperative Extension course instructors include:
  • Louis Bassano, Professor Emeritus of Cooperative Extension
  • Beth Calder, Extension Food Science Specialist, Professor of Food Science, and Director of the UMaine Food Testing Services
  • Jim McConnon, Professor Emeritus, School of Economics and Cooperative Extension, University of Maine

Once you have registered, you will receive an email with a Zoom link a few days before the class.

If registering more than one person, please register yourself, click Enroll, and then use the “Continue Shopping” option in your cart to add additional participants.

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Program Description

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension will be offering its popular half-day workshop, Recipe to Market, which is a multi-disciplinary workshop that covers the business and food aspects of starting a food business in Maine. This workshop is intended for entrepreneurs and/or farmers interested in starting a home-based, specialty food business. This program does not cover herbal supplements or commercial processing (including beverage or juice manufacturing).  Products that will be discussed, include but are not limited to, canned shelf-stable products (jams/jellies/preserves, baked goods, condiments, salsas, sauces, dessert sauces), dry mixes, and candies/confections. Topics include the business basics, an overview of the product development process, licensing/regulations, and food safety.

If you are a person with a disability and need accommodation to participate in this program, please call 207.581.2788 or email  melissa.libby1@maine.edu to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however, all requests will be considered.

Program Details


Online via Zoom


Wednesday, September 20, 2023


9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Contact Name

Melissa Libby, UMaine Extension Staff

Contact Email & Phone

melissa.libby1@maine.edu; 207.581.2788