Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – In Wisconsin, some foods made at home could not legally be sold. A new ruling is changing that. For more than a decade, one group has been working to make it legal to sell homemade, shelf-stable products.

A judge’s ruling in 2017 made that possible for baked goods like cookies and muffins. The Wisconsin Cottage Food Association went back to court to include things like candy and roasted coffee beans.

Last month, a judge ruled in favor of expanding what shelf-stable means. One of the plaintiffs in the case says these rulings are helping to grow local economies. 

“For me, this fight is about making sure that people in tiny towns and also people in urban neighborhoods have the ability to sell non-hazardous things to their neighbors; because this is what people want, we all want homemade things.”

The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has until about February 13th to decide whether it will appeal the judge’s ruling.