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The Attack on Food Freedom

The Institute for Justice has published a report titled “The Attack on Food Freedom“, which feeds off the rising trend of saying no to excessive government regulation in the food industry. The report aims to relate current food laws to the food regulations put in place by Britain in the 18th century, suggesting that the […]

Posted on July 15th, 2014 by David
Categories: Laws | Format: Link | Regions: USA

A Fresh Start for Forrager

Shouldn’t I be saying “a fresh start for cottagefoods.org?” After all, cottagefoods.org is what received a design and code refresh today, but it’s now called Forrager (and it’s now forrager.com). Why the change, how did we get here, and what’s the future of this community? I’ll address some of those questions in this post. An […]

Posted on June 30th, 2014 by David
Categories: Blog

SHARE Conference

Cristina Moon, who works at Peers and is a member of this site, is offering a 50% discount to the conference. You can get the discount by applying the promo code “C_PeersCommunity” when signing up. Peers is hosting a conference specifically about the sharing economy, called SHARE: Catalyzing the Sharing Economy. The cottage food industry […]

California Cottage Food Law Podcast

Real Food Real Talk interviewed a number of the key players surrounding the cottage food law in California. Their podcast, Home Cooking Your Way To Your Own Food Business, does a good job of summarizing the progress of the cottage food industry in that state.

11-year-old girl’s cupcake business gets shut down

Another food entrepreneur’s dream (in this case, an 11-year-old girl) gets shut down by the government. Maybe it’s time to get Illinois’ cottage food law amended! Is this girl really hazardous to the public health? As Kathleen mentioned below, coincidentally, a campaign for an improved cottage food law in Illinois just begun. Show your support by […]

Is Virginia’s new cottage food bill too ambitious?

UPDATE: This bill has currently been tabled, but it doesn’t look like the advocates are about to give up! Virginia has a new bill filed for the next legislative session (HB 135), call the “Virginia Food Freedom Act”, which is trying to go where no cottage food law has gone before! Its basic premise is to […]

Cottage food lawsuit filed in Minnesota, but will it work?

A couple bakers in Minnesota, along with the Institute of Justice, have just taken the state’s Department of Agriculture by surprise. As part of IJ’s Food Freedom Initiative, they are filing a lawsuit that is designed to question the very premise of the cottage food law in Minnesota. But in the bigger picture, they are […]

Harvard Students Produce Study About the Cottage Food Industry

A new research paper, titled Cottage Food Laws in the United States, by Alli Condra, has been published by the Food Law and Policy Clinic at Harvard University. The goal of the paper was to create a comprehensive overview of the cottage food industry, including what is allowed in different states, how to create a […]

Posted on November 9th, 2013 by David
Categories: Laws | Format: Link | Regions: USA

Can you sell cottage foods?

Can you sell homemade food? The short answer is… probably, if your state allows it. Most states have cottage food laws in place, but there are still some things you should check before getting started.