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Food: Cottage Food Law: Selling Home Cooked Food.


So you’ve mastered a recipe for making macaroons at home, or stirred up some strawberry jam in your home kitchen from fruits in your backyard and and are looking to make a home-based business out of it. Sadly, you can’t do so just yet. At least not until the  “California Homemade Food Act” has passed. The Homemade Food Act, also known as the “cottage food” law allows individuals to sell home-cooked foods produced in home kitchens directly to the public.

As stated from the Civil Eats blog, the proposed legislation, backed by the Sustainable Economies Law Center, would open up the market for aspiring food entrepreneurs looking to test the market, establish a customer base and incubate their business without the high overhead costs of renting commercial kitchen space. Especially with the current lack of appropriate commercial kitchens and the increasing number of passionate food crafters looking to enter the industry, this legislation would be welcomed by aspiring picklers and bakers alike.

While local artisans are growing all over the Nation, many individuals are looking to do so legally without crossing any hairs. The sale of home-made foods such as baked goods (but with no cream or meat fillings), jams and jellies, granola and other dry cereal, popcorn, waffle cones, nut mixes, chocolate covered non-perishables (such as nuts and dried fruit), roasted coffee, dry baking mixes, herb blends, and dried tea, dried fruit, honey and candy. (Sustainable Economies Law Center)

Are you a home-based artisan who wants to sell food directly to the public? Interested in joining the local artisan movement? Take action now by visiting the Sustainable Economies Law Center or clicking here.

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Sonya LeeSince a child, Sonya has been traveling from the corners of Canada to the far east Asia. Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, she led a normal family life with her brother, mother and dad. A well received job opportunity in Hong Kong for her father put the compass in action from a young age. Sonya loves good food, and I mean GOOD simple food. She loves an occasional drink, be merry and enjoy the good times. Having recently healed herself from a large ruptured cyst, her favorite foods include fresh carrot juice, grilled vegetables, sauteed portabello mushrooms and truffle french fries. Her philosophy? Healthy food makes a healthy body. Read more on the Editor page. When she's not fretting over WAFT, she runs a small design agency called mowie media and shares the good times with her dog, Monster and 3 cats Sabi, Kaeli & Misty.

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