Good news, everyone! After waiting on pins and needles for a few weeks, on Friday, with a stroke of a pen, the Governor made the Cottage or Homemade Food Act official. It’s now LEGAL to sell jams, baked goods, etc., from our HOME kitchens.
This law eliminates many of the barriers for small producers and is the building block to a truly local food movement. Means we can bake our cakes and sell them, too! This is a huge step for homesteaders and a local food and cottage economy.
How sweet it is!
From the LA Times
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that will allow Californians to make certain foods and baked goods at home and then sell them to stores, restaurants and directly to consumers.
On Friday, Brown signed AB 1616, which supporters say will create a lucrative cottage food industry in the state and serve as an alternative source of income for residents.
Now, wannabe entrepreneuers can skip the expensive step of leasing certified commercial kitchens before selling their home-prepared confections. The list of approved products include “non-potentially hazardous food” such as bread, fruit pies, jams, honey, dried nuts and other goods that don’t involve cream or meat ingredients.
Nutty Fig has a great write up on
How to Start a Food Business in California With the Cottage Food Law
Why this great law got passed
Across the U.S., states are recognizing that the high cost of starting a food business as well as inaccessibility to kitchens complying with the laws are preventing many a micro-entrepreneur from getting started on a budget or running a small food business to supplement their income.
Now we can do something will all those extra zucchinis growing in the garden! What does this mean for you, will you now start your own home business because of this new law?
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Cottage Food Laws in other States