Talk with others about the cottage food industry in Indiana
You can sell some types of unopened, prepackaged food like soda pop without using the cottage food law. However, you would probably still need a license to do so, and you may not be able to sell it from your apartment, depending on zoning regulations. I’d recommend that you contact your health dept for more info about your area.
You may be able to do that, as long as your property is in an area that is zoned to allow roadside stands. Try to find the dept that manages planning/zoning and contact them about it. You may also need to discuss it with the health dept.
Can I sell fruit leather at a farmers market
You should be able to sell a dry mix like that at a farmers market, and you even might be able to sell/sample the prepared pancakes/waffles, if the health dept deems those as an allowable food. Butter shouldn’t require refrigeration, but I’m not sure if it could be offered… the bigger problem might be that at that point, you are selling for…[Read more]
I was just “thinking out loud”.
I’m sure it wouldn’t be approved in this situation as packages of ingredients would have to be opened, combined, re-packaged and transported to a location other than a farmer’s market or roadside stand. However (thinking out loud again…) could homemade pancake & waffle mixes be sold at a farmer’s market? Also…[Read more]
The cottage food law in Indiana is specifically designed for people who are selling items that are fully-prepared, packaged, and labeled in their home. Those items can only be sold at farmers markets and roadside stands, and that’s the only way I know of to personally profit from homemade food. I’m not sure about the rules for personal chefs, but…[Read more]
The inclusion of meat, potatoes, or vegetables disqualifies you from being a CFO. I haven’t found that people are resistant to buying from a home-prepared item, but you don’t have to worry about it because you’re forced to use a commercial kitchen to stay legal.
You cannot do that using the cottage food law. If you are only selling commercially-prepackaged cookies and drinks, then there may be a special permit for that. Otherwise, you would need to use a commercial kitchen to run this business. You should contact your health dept for more specific info. http://forrager.com/faq/#commercial
As you know, to sell in restaurants you can’t operate under the cottage food law. You should need a commercial food processor license, which requires you to use a commercial kitchen. Many large churches have kitchens that are inspected by the health dept, but you will need to check to make sure your church has a commercial kitchen. You need to…[Read more]
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