Talk with others about the cottage food industry in Texas
Lisa, the law says that you can sell at “a municipal, county, or nonprofit fair, festival, or event”. You can also sell at farmers markets. All other types of events are not allowed. So if it is not run by the local govt, or if it is not run by a non-profit, or if it is not a farmers market, then you can’t sell at it.
You would need to use a commercial kitchen and go through a much different, and much more complicated, process of getting a license. Instead of searching for how to sell tea, simply search for how to start a food business in Texas. The rules are similar for all food businesses. You should also talk to your health dept about what you need.
I don’t think any savory pies would be allowed. You cannot use meat or cheese in your items. If you make a savory pie that does not require refrigeration, it may be allowed. Otherwise, you need to prepare your pies in a commercial kitchen. http://forrager.com/faq/#commercial
Hot Chocolate Mix as wedding favors: I am trying to help my mother in law out. She would like to make her “famous” hot chocolate available for purchase. She is interested in selling it as wedding favors online with Etsy. I see loads of those on there. Since there is no cooking involved would it even be a cottage food item? I appreciate input…its…[Read more]
A food item does not need to be cooked… it’s anything that is consumed that you process in your kitchen. Since Texas only allows homemade food to be sold face-to-face, you can’t use your home kitchen for Etsy sales.
Okay, thank you for that clarification. So, she would need to assemble her powdered mixs in a certified commercial kitchen?
Yes, for Texas, I believe any online business would require products to be made in a commercial kitchen.
Even when an item is given away for free at a public venue, it could potentially pose a risk to the public health. I doubt you can do coffee or tea, but it might not be too hard to acquire the permit to make those and offer them. For water, I really have no idea, but I’d like to think that that would be fine, assuming it is city water. Obviously,…[Read more]
The only legal way to sell homemade food online is to build a commercial kitchen in your home, have the health dept approve and inspect it, and use that to start your commercial food business. I’d highly recommend finding an already existing commercial kitchen instead. http://forrager.com/faq/#commercial
Generally speaking, for Texas, if it’s not on the allowed list (as specified in the law), then it’s probably not allowed at all. You can check with the health dept about items that aren’t on the allowed list, but they’ll probably say that you need to produce them in a commercial kitchen.
We discovered this website through the article in Sept/Oct 2015 issue of GRIT.
I would like to recruit other Texas residents who are willing to interested and willing to work together to champion significant revisions to the Texas CFL during the 2017 session of the Texas Legislature. If you are interested (and have some hot-button issues) about…[Read more]
Jim, I would highly recommend you join forces with the efforts that will already be underway in 2017, mainly by the Farm & Ranch Freedom Alliance: http://farmandranchfreedom.org/texas-home-processors-bill-support-local-foods/
Texas is very specific about what’s allowed and since syrups are not on the list, I don’t think they’re allowed.
The purpose of the home address is so health officials can find where a product was made if there is a complaint. This is a common practice across the nation, and I’ve never heard of anyone who had an issue with it (though many have…[Read more]
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