I’m not an expert on this, but if expense is a primary concern, I don’t see how pre-printing is going to match the cost of doing it at home. Commercially printing is convenient and gives you more options, but I haven’t heard anyone say it’s inexpensive.
You cannot make fillings that require refrigeration, and fillings with butter are not automatically allowed. But you can make fillings that contain butter IF you get the recipe approved, or if you use a pre-approved recipe. Here’s more info: https://portal.ct.gov/DCP/Food-and-Standards-Division/Cottage-Food/Buttercream-Frostings
I don’t know a ton about it, but from what I have gathered from talking to people:
- It’s not typically practical to offer free shipping
- It might be more lucrative to split it into two fees. For instance, a shipping fee and a separate handling fees. Experiments have showed that customers are willing to pay more when the fees are split.
- For many…
After a 12 year battle, New Jersey finally has a cottage food law! They are the last state to create one, and they will be the last state to get the “pending” status on Forrager’s map.
Although the new […]
Thanks for making me aware of that law text. I wasn’t aware of it and it is different from MO’s previous cottage food law. I agree that under that rule, you should be able to sell muesli from a stand. You probably wouldn’t be able to sell it directly from your home, or deliver, or sell online, etc. You should contact the health dept again with…[Read more]
I’d recommend checking with your local ag dept. Because it’s generally low-risk, sometimes there are special rules that allow someone to sell home-brewed coffee, or even coffee that’s brewed on-site (like at a market). This likely would not fall under the regulations for PA’s limited food establishments. If the ag dept requires a permit to do…[Read more]
I’m not sure. I’d recommend contact the ag dept and see what they say. There’s a pretty good chance that they will allow them. If they don’t, remind them that there is also a law for domestic kitchens, which has a more rigorous application process, plus a home inspection. They might allow these items if you go through that process.
Unfortunately that would not be allowed. If you want customers to be able to enjoy your baked goods with iced tea, the easiest way is to buy bottles from the store and resell them at your booth. Check with your market manager to see if there’s a reseller’s permit required to do so. To sell your own iced tea, you’d need to make it in a commercial kitchen.
David Crabill replied to the topic Producing Granola from Domestic Home based kitchen to sell online in the forum Tennessee 3 months, 2 weeks ago
You can sell granola with a cottage food business or a domestic kitchen. The domestic kitchen is a bit harder to implement. I’d recommend you start with a cottage food business, which does not require you to get a permit from the health or ag dept. You might need to get a business license from your local area, but it should be very simple to…[Read more]
Katherine, most people get a DBA (doing business as), which is the name that you would use when applying for your business license. Usually that happens through your local area. As long as someone else in your area isn’t using the name, you should be able to use it. It would be possible for multiple businesses in Iowa to have the same name. If you…[Read more]
David Crabill commented on the post, California’s New Homemade Food Law Comes With A Nasty Surprise 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Nobody could have predicted it, but the pandemic has allowed this law to start flourishing. Often against health officials’ wishes, county and city officials have been strongly considering opting into the law, to […]
Maybe. It depends on where you live and what the zoning laws for your area are. Here’s some more info: https://forrager.com/starting-cottage-food-operation-zoning/
They are separate, so you can make $40k total. And please note that the $20k for farm direct is only for acidified foods, like pickles and salsas. There is no limit for other things you sell under the farm direct bill.
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