Forrager is a space where home cooks, bakers, and decorators can learn and share with each other
This website is solely focused on the cottage food industry, which is a term used to describe home food businesses. Since the cottage food industry was created via a collection of state laws, there is no official government organization to help organize or improve it. Forrager seeks to organize and improve the resources available for this growing group of small, independent cooks.
Forrager (formerly cottagefoods.org) started as a way to help educate home cooks about how they can legally start a food business from home. It has now grown into an online community, where people can ask questions and find answers about their businesses and laws. Cottage food operations can also add their CFO to a growing online directory so that everyone can find these great businesses more easily!
Who We Are
This website was started in 2012 by David Crabill and Cameron Dutro, and it’s still just the two of us managing the site today. Our ties to food entrepreneurship go back to college, when we ran “Buck Breakfast”, a breakfast fundraiser for our dorm every Saturday morning. Although we started Forrager while rooming together in the Bay Area, we now live on opposite sides of the country: Cameron in Oakland, CA, and David in Boston, MA. Cameron is a software engineer at Lumos Labs, and David does independent web development from home. Even though we work from our computers, you’ll also find us in the kitchen: David is known for his chocolate chip cookies and fudge, and Cameron has a Class A CFO license to sell his family’s recipe, Carlson’s Caramel Corn.