The new bill aimed to make the law less restrictive for home producers, but oddly, it may actually be more restrictive overall. It’s possible that the health dept is interpreting the law in such a way as to only allow for sales from home and at farmers markets. The previous law only allowed for sales at farmers markets, so this is an improvement.
Other than that, everything else is more restricted. Producers are limited to $20,000 of sales per year (used to be unlimited) and are allowed to make substantially fewer kinds of foods. They now must take a food training class before starting their business.
It’s possible that Alabama’s previous law is still in effect, which would allow for unlimited sales of most non-perishable foods at state-sanctioned farmers markets.
Only direct sales are allowed.
“Farmers markets” means state-sanctioned farmers markets only.
Other non-potentially hazardous products may be allowed at farmers markets (except for home-canned goods).
All cottage food operations must take a ServSafe food handler course before starting their business, which should cost about $15.
No license from the health department is required, but you should check with your planning division to see if there are any local requirements.
To sell at a state sanctioned farmers market, you must get a business license and all necessary city, county, and state privilege licenses. The costs and zoning requirements vary depending on location.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
This was made in a kitchen that is not inspected by the State Department of Public Health or a local health department
Forrager Cookie Company
123 Chewy Way, Cookietown, AL 73531