For those who are following the Cottage Food Law and wondering where does it stand now?

The bill {AB 1616 Cottage Food Law } just passed the Assembly concurrence vote.  So now the absolute only part left in the legislative process is getting the Governor’s signature. He has until September 30.   Now what?  Send a letter to Gov Brown

Bill would allow sale of homemade foods  LA Times

In California, a bill would let home bakers and cooks sell their baked goods, spurring home-based cooking businesses as many households look for ways to earn money in the weak economy.

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“There are 32 US states that allow the sale of homemade, non-potentially hazardous food and several states with grassroots efforts underway to implement similar laws. Click here to download an overview of cottage food laws in other states.”

What is a “Cottage Food Law” and why should homesteaders be interested?

Cottage food laws, sometimes referred to as “baker’s bills,” are laws that allow people to make certain foods in their own home kitchen and then sell them on a small scale, typically directly to consumers and at farmer’s markets. Cottage food laws allow individuals who are interested in starting their own food business get started developing a customer base and raising some of the money required to further develop their business. Removing the significant financial and logistical barrier of having a commercial kitchen makes starting one’s own food business more accessible and more feasible for a greater number of people. It also gives consumers more access to a greater variety of home-cooked, artisan and other unique foods at their farmers’ market or right in their neighborhood.

Cottage Food Laws typically allow only foods that are often classified as “non-potentially hazardous foods” in state and federal laws. While the specific foods that are allowed or not allowed in each state vary somewhat, this list below includes most foods that are allowed under cottage food laws in at least some states:

o baked goods (but with no cream, custard or meat fillings)

o jams and jellies and other preserves with a pH of 4.6 or less

o granola and other dry cereal

o popcorn

o waffle cones and pizzelles

o nut mixes

o chocolate covered non-perishables (such as nuts and dried fruit) and other candy

o roasted coffee

o dry baking mixes

o herb blends

o dried tea

o dried fruit

o honey

Courtesy: Cottage Food Law – supporters of AB 1616, the California Homemade Food Act


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  1. Tracy says:

    I love your website! You are informative and I just like that you’re so hooked in to the community. I live in San Francisco & would completely support anyone who is doing what your family does. I sometimes envy those home night bands & food you provide. Thanks for your lifestyle and sharing all that information with us beginner & advanced homesteaders. I look forward to more! 🙂

  2. Joyness Sparkles says:

    I am so excited for you! I bet you are on the edge of your seat…this would be so great for your business!

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