Kevin Martino started his cottage food business, Chef Kev’s Specialty Foods, when California created its cottage food law in 2013. He wholesales flavored peanuts to a number of breweries and hardware stores in Concord, CA, and also sells online.
Kevin was actually one of the first cottage food business owners that I ever met, and it’s cool to see how far he has come with his business over the years.
Kevin talks about what he’s learned through producing and wholesaling spicy peanuts, how he’s grown his business so far, and what he’s planning for in the future. I also share my insight on why an LLC might not be the right fit for him at this point.
Sonia Chang never planned to start a food business, but now she has two of them!
Sonia lives in Pasadena, CA and runs a granola cottage food business called Cali Granola (formerly named Chef Sonia’s Granola By The Handful). After successfully selling her granola for a couple years, she purchased and operated My Sweet Cupcake, a popular cupcakery.
She has sold her granola in over two dozen stores and has used a variety of marketing strategies to build her businesses, such as her “leap frog” and “flavor profile” techniques.
Her journey is filled with many unexpected surprises, but every step of the way, her service-based approach and collaborative spirit have carried her forward.
Have you ever dreamed of opening a brick and mortar bakery someday?
So did Diana, the owner of I Love Pie in Carmichael, CA. But she never thought her dream would come true so soon!
After selling at the farmers market for a year and a half, her pie business grew so much that she expanded into her own commercial kitchen and storefront. And now, just 6 months later, she is planning to open a second location!
On paper, it looked like a recipe for failure: selling a common food item (regular fruit pies) in a highly competitive and health-conscious market, all while juggling a full-time job.
So how did she do it? Why was she so successful? Ultimately, you will see that it wasn’t the product, or the market, but rather, Diana herself, that made all the difference.
If you are thinking of selling your homemade food, then this episode is for you!
For this inaugural episode of The Forrager Podcast, I decided to give you a crash course on the first things you need to know to start a cottage food business.
You’ll learn about the cottage food industry and better understand how you can legally start a food business from your home kitchen.
You will also hear about my own journey in starting a cottage food business, what I learned along the way, and why I started this podcast.
California’s bill (AB 626) which allows for “microenterprise home kitchen operations” was passed on September 18th, 2018 and went into effect on January 1st, 2019. Although the law is a first-of-its-kind and has been described as a “game-changer”, the reality is that the bill is so severely limited, it is unlikely to make much of […]
This family recipe has passed down from my grandfather, and it is made with high-quality ingredients like Guittard chocolate, Tillamook butter, and pure vanilla extract. I sell my fudge seasonally around the holidays. Due to California’s cottage food law restrictions, I can only sell my fudge locally to those in the Sacramento area. I live […]
California’s new law (AB 626) has some lofty goals, but some of the bill language will keep it from making much of an impact. Cottage food bills have made some mistakes over and over again, preventing them from achieving their full potential.
My life long dream of making cookies, cupcakes and cake pops for my friends and family and wanting to expand out to own my own business. I would like to share my creations with you for your gift or event. I have obtained a Home cottage permit to keep the cost down so I can […]
The California Homemade Food Act (also known as “AB 1616”) passed in California on September 21st, 2012 and went into effect on January 1st, 2013. The law is setup as a two-tier system, meaning that there are different levels of homemade food producers, depending on who they sell to. “Class A” cottage food operations can only […]
We make Brigadeiros: Irresistible Brazilian Fudge Truffles.
Third-wave coffee is obsessed with taste and transparency. More than simply revealing the country of origin, customers are talking elevation, micro-lots, and artisan blends, while paying real respect to the farmers who grow and process the beans. Whittier Coffee Roasters is where third-wave coffee and our community come together as a force of nature. At […]
About the Baker Emily has always loved baking. A defining moment was getting the blue ribbon in high school for her chocolate cake. Another was leaving the hubbub of family and friends to make her own wedding cake. She started baking professionally in 2011 and has learned a lot of lessons from the kitchen since then. Being […]
If you have been valiantly saying ‘no’ to all those treats you see at Whole Foods, the donuts in the break room, or cake on your birthday, then my friends, you are my heroes. Come with me as Life Just Got Sweet! Happy Kitchen purposes to provide an alternative to the sugar-laden, wheat flour based […]
Etta Mae Gourmet is a home-based “craft jammery” specializing in artisan jams and preserves. The jams are prepared in small batches using locally sourced fruit. You can taste the difference! We can make personalized jams for your next wedding, party or event. Our jams have won awards at the 2014 California State Fair, 2014 Orange […]
The Spice Whisperer makes custom spice rubs and seasoning blends for cooking. Current blends available: Bitchin’ Beef Passionate Pig Bodacious Bird Seductive Seafood Sultry Citrus Sinfully Citrus
Homemade preserves and marmalades using the seasonal produce grown on the island of Alameda, California.
Light and Healthy Desserts is a Cottage Food Operation Class A permitted artisanal bakery located in Irvine, Orange County, CA. We follow the natural, fresh, whole-food, and clean-eating concept, allowing you to enjoy desserts guilt-free! Our gourmet healthy desserts are handcrafted in small batches using fresh, natural, wholesome, and premium-quality ingredients. We use fiber-rich whole […]
Path (Ayana) of Essence (Rasa) Rasayana is more than just a name, it is the purpose behind us roasting every batch of coffee. We carefully select the beans, roast each personal batch completely by hand using centuries old techniques and hand deliver them so, your order arrives perfectly fresh and utterly artisan By believing coffee beans should […]
Hello Sweetie Pies are made to order in a Cottage Food Operator permitted home kitchen and can be picked up or delivered only in Los Angeles and surrounding areas.Please contact us directly for custom baked goods. Our pies and other baked goods make the perfect addition to a dessert bar at your next wedding, shower, […]
Bouquet Chocolates and Confections www.bouquetchocolates.com We are dedicated chocolatiers making a one of a kind floral petit fours. The product is patent pending status with the USPTO as of 1/5/2015. The chocolate floral petit fours are customized by the customer, so the customer controls the flavors, fillings, design and presentation. Truly a decadent treat for […]
Custom and Specialty Cakes, By Order Only Cupcakes, Truffles, CakePops, Push Up Cake Pops, Cookies, Puddings,Tea Parties & Dessert Bars Fun and fanciful cakes, where flavor, texture and decadent yumminess reign supreme! East Bay Cakes bakes custom one-of-a-kind cakes just for you and for all occasions, such as Birthdays, Weddings, Quinceanera, Anniversaries, Graduations, Baby Showers and […]
Grace Fellowship Church has for many years given away in excess of 10,000 cups of Hot Chocolate to visitors of the Christmas Light Show and to the Police that guide the traffic each night. It is not unusual to have more than 20,000 visitors at any one time touring the show in addition to thousands […]
A Treat for Everyone is a San Diego home-based bakery that is passionate about creating made-from-scratch goods for customers with various dietary needs. Our mission is in our name: we seek to create a treat that everyone can enjoy. All of our treats are deliciously made from wholesome ingredients without gluten, dairy, eggs, and soy. We […]
Fallbrook’s Famous™ Avocado Fudge is an entirely new and better way to enjoy a classic American confection. Fresh, ripe local avocados are used instead of butter for a healthier fat content and a smoothness and creaminess found nowhere else. No greasy aftertaste, just full, robust flavor and character. It doesn’t taste like avocados, but it’s […]
24 Bakery is based out of Campbell, CA. We are at Japantown’s Farmers Market in San Jose on Sundays from 8 am- 12 pm. www.facebook/24bakery Twitter: @24_bakery Instagram: 24_bakery Pinterest: 24 Bakery
I make delicious homemade jam using fresh fruit from farmers markets and farmers directly.
: Artisan viennoiseries, breads, tarts, cookies, and cakes crafted from sustainably grown ingredients. Hi there! I’m Sam, the baker & owner. I’m a newly minted cottage food baker (as of March of this year). I love food and have been cooking in the kitchen since I was 5, believe it or not. I opened Sam’s […]
Huck’s Hollow Farm is a small homestead farm in Penn Valley, CA. The owners are Theresa, Jim and Josh Huck. We believe in clean, organic foods and are against factory farming. We raise our own meats and veggies, enjoying the healthy lifestyle it gives us. We are animal lovers and have four dogs, seven sheep, […]
Shepherd’s Table is a Sacramento based Catering business. We specialize in making locally grown foods more accessible to everybody, at a fraction of the price of fast food and grocery stores. This promotes fresher food and a way to help your local economy. We Cater to many different needs, such as Birthday Parties, to Weddings […]
A homemade bakery specializing in French Macarons offering many different flavors and custom shapes or images too. Also provides custom designed cakes and cupcakes at reasonable prices.
macabees is a home-based french macaron bakery in san diego, ca, specializing in unique flavors and presentations. each macaron is handmade to order by owner & baker, Phoebe Pascasio. #macabeesmacarons @macabeesmacarons on instagram facebook.com/macabeesmacarons
Delicious Brownies made fresh and super yummy! please visit my website for more info…
The Cinnamon Spoon really started because of our friends and family, who couldn’t get enough of our fresh homemade granola and granola bars. We try to have something for everyone! Whether you are looking for decadently sweet granola for a dessert, or a no-sugar option for breakfast… and of course we also offer everything in between! Vegan, […]
I’m constantly thinking in sweets. I’ve been a baker since I was a child and have only fell more in love with it as I’ve gotten older. I’m a self-taught baker, learning everything I know from my family, books and lots of baking experiments. I believe this gives me a creative edge. Not constrained by classic flavors […]
Real Food Real Talk interviewed a number of the key players surrounding the cottage food law in California. Their podcast, Home Cooking Your Way To Your Own Food Business, does a good job of summarizing the progress of the cottage food industry in that state.
We are a small business that make custom cakes, cupcakes, cake pops and candy
Small Batch Bagels… All hand made!!! No store front, CFO (Cottage Foods Operations) Made from my Home Kitchen… For now :)
Hana Lulu’s Coconut candy is like that found on the road to Hana in Maui, Hawaii — crisp, crunchy thin strips of coconut with Hawaiian cane sugar. We sell two varieties, natural and cinnamon flavor. More like the texture of a potato chip, this candy is hard to find anywhere other than the roadside stands […]
Cheryl’s Caramels offers amazing home made, hand cut and individually wrapped caramel candy in 9 unique and delicious flavors! You can find me in beuatiful San Diego County every Thursday at downtown Oceanside’s Sunset Market on Thursday evenings from 5 to 9 pm, and at the Welk Resort’s Certified Farmer’s Market in Escondido every Monday […]
We create foods made of responsibly grown and dietary restriction-friendly ingredients for families across California. Many of our items are gluten-free, most are vegan, and the rest are vegetarian. We only use organic ingredients and we work with local farms to bring you responsibly grown, locally crafted goods. Our menu includes Vegan Gluten-free Sandwich Bread, […]
House of the original Belgian Squares!!! Our love for baked goods and sweets in combination with the approval of the Cottage Food Law were the main drivers for starting our own home-based European style bakery. Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/RafEuropeanDelights
Forbes just published an article detailing California’s cottage food industry in its first year. Most notably, the research found that at least a thousand CFOs have been started already!
We make home baked English tea time treats.