University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a multidisciplinary online workshop about starting a food business in Maine from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Nov. 20, according to a news release from the UMaine extension office in Orono.

Recipe to Market is intended for entrepreneurs, farmers and others interested in starting a home-based specialty food business with products such as jams and jellies, fermented foods, dry mixes and candies, baked goods and confections.

Topics will include an overview of the specialty food industry and product development process, licensing and regulations, business basics and food safety.

Instructors include UMaine Extension professor emeritus Louis Bassano, Extension business and economics specialist and professor of economics Jim McConnon, and Extension food science specialist and associate professor of food science Beth Calder, who also directs UMaine Food Testing Services. Extension wild blueberry specialist and assistant professor of horticulture Lily Calderwood will facilitate.

The fee is $25; financial assistance is available. To register, visit

For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Theresa Tilton at [email protected], 207-942-7396 and 800-287-1485 in Maine only.