Talk with others about the cottage food industry in Texas
Probably not. Texas has a very specific list of foods, which doesn’t include seasonings. It does allow dry mixes (combined commercially-produced ingredients), dried produce, and dry herbs, but flavored salt really doesn’t fall under any of those. You will need to contact the health dept to get approval. I don’t think the type of flavoring would…[Read more]
any way to find out how many CFOs are operating in TX areas?
There’s no way to know, since they don’t need to register with the health dept. This is probably the best resource: http://forrager.com/2014/09/texas-law-created-thousand-local-businesses/
Using the number of food handler registrations is a good estimate, but it doesn’t account for CFOs that have already shut down or already had a food handler…[Read more]
The law says that you cannot “sell” online, and that’s all it says. I’d say that if you’re not collecting money online, then you’re not making a sale. If you do a preorder over your website with no money changing hands, and then exchange the money face-to-face, that should be legal.
I grow “a lot” of tomatoes in my back yard (no HOA) can I sell them in my Drive way or front yard?
You can’t incorporate catering. Catering includes handling food outside of the home, and a CFO, by definition, must do all preparation and handling of food inside the home. So you do need to go the commercial route and talk to your health dept.
Hello, Why would I be told that I need a (Agriculture license) to sell at a Farmers Market, when other Cottage Food Bakers where there selling their baked food items?
Hi! I posted about shagbark hickory syrup. (I saw the thread I added it to and now can’t find it)…anyhow; it’s odd that syrup isn’t allowed, BUT…if I heat the syrup a little more and whip it, it becomes a candy and I can sell that. Hmmm….glad to have a plan B, but seems odd that if jams and jellies are permitted, syrups are. Shagbark hickory…[Read more]
Edward, thanks for bringing this up, as this is something that the site wasn’t really clear about. The law only allows “farm stands”, so yours would need to be on a farm. I have updated Texas’ page to make this more clear.
- Load More