In this very special 100th episode, previous guests come back on to share an update of what’s changed since they were last on the show, what’s surprised them, and what they’ve learned along the way
Nancy Chang of Oakland, CA sells healthy soups with her home-based micro-restaurant and shares how her mother’s battle with cancer inspired her to provide nourishing food to those facing health issues
California passed their first cottage food law (AB 1616 – The California Homemade Food Act) in 2012, and it went into effect on January 1st, 2013. The law was amended in 2013 (AB 1252) and 2021 (AB 1144 & AB 831). California has two classes of cottage food operations (CFOs): Class A & Class B…. [read more]
Increases meal cap from 60 to 90 meals per week. Increases sales limit from $50k to $100k per year.
Lee Thomas runs a legal home BBQ business in San Leandro, CA and shares how he leveraged his political connections to help legalize MEHKOs (micro-enterprise home kitchen operations) in his county
Juno Rosales shares the incredible story of how she built an international brand by selling her frozen desserts from home in the Philippines before adding a second location in Los Angeles, CA
Sahar Shomali of Los Angeles, CA shares how she went from being a pastry chef at top-end restaurants to running her own home bakery by rediscovering the bread from her childhood in Iran.
Jewel Burgess of Rancho Cordova, CA shares how she started a cottage food business selling realistic cake sculptures and what she’s learned from participating in four Food Network competitions.
Amy Wong & Lawrance Combs of Cupertino, CA sell massive cookies and share how they went from launching their business on Instagram to raising over $150k to expand their wildly popular cookie bakery.
Sarah Thongnopneua lives in San Anselmo, CA and shares how she grew her “bouCAKES” (floral cupcake bouquets) business from her home kitchen into a commercial kitchen & won a Food Network competition.
Scot & Christine Steenson share how they used a unique marketing strategy to build a successful home-based coffee roasting company after their Paradise, CA home burnt down in 2018’s Camp Fire.
Would remove the sales limits for both the cottage food and MEHKO laws. Would also remove the production limits for MEHKOs. Would also allow mobile food facilities to operate under the MEHKO law.
2021 is a fresh start in so many ways, but as always, a new year means a new round of cottage food bills!
And what a big round it is! At least one-third of states are actively working on improving their cottage food law this year.
I actually can’t remember a year when there were this many cottage food amendments on the table. It reminds me of nearly a decade ago, when states were busy creating their initial cottage food laws.
In all likelihood, the pandemic, and the resulting surge of interest in cottage foods, is part of the push to improve the laws in many states.
In 2018, California passed a new type of bill (AB 626), which allows for “microenterprise home kitchen operations” (MEHKOs). The law went into effect on January 1st, 2019. Under this first-of-its-kind law, home cooks can start micro-restaurants from home and sell virtually any kind of food. This varies greatly with most cottage food laws that… [read more]
WOW… what a year it has been for our growing cottage food industry!
As I wrote about last year, the pandemic really highlighted the need for people to be able to sell their homemade food.
And in 2021, states responded in a BIG way! This year, more states improved their laws for selling homemade food than in any other year in history.
In this special 50th episode of The Forrager Podcast, hear from 16 Facebook group owners who share some of their best tips about starting and growing a cottage food business.
Requires CFOs to include key labeling info on public advertisements.
Anthony Rosemond lives in Phelan, CA and shares how he and his wife Yami moved from France to start a French bakery that went from selling macarons at farmers markets to now selling them nationwide.
Whitney Singletary of Berkeley, CA shares many of the obstacles she faced to build a successful nut-flavored cookie business from her driveway and eventually grow into a brick-and-mortar storefront.
It is the last of 17 cottage food initiatives that have passed in 2021 (the most of any year, by far).
This amendment was long overdue, as California had not amended their law since 2013!
But did I ever think I would be the one spearheading CA’s next cottage food law improvement? Definitely not!
Kourtney Rojas of Anaheim, CA shares her long, organic journey into creating a successful home pie business that helps support her family and gave her the freedom to quit her job.
Sari Stevenson of Costa Mesa, CA shares how she started a keto bakery and sold over $50,000 of homemade baked goods within the first year, leading her to move into a commercial kitchen to keep growing.
Kathy Sing from Visalia, CA shares how she sold almost $50k of homemade caramel corn, toffee, and other treats in a single year by wholesaling through retail stores.
Allows CFOs to ship and fulfill orders with a 3rd party delivery service. Also increases the sales limit to $75k for Class A CFOs, and $150k for Class B CFOs. Also specifies that the sales limit can increase annually to adjust for inflation. Also removes the requirement that Class B CFOs need special permission to… [read more]
Please Point, Santa Cruz, CA Baking baguettes and sourdough bread!
Nicole Barry from Portland, OR shares many tips on making and selling custom macarons, as well as her transition from prestigious restaurants to farmers markets to her very popular YouTube channel.
Kevin Martino, owner of Chef Kev’s Specialty Foods in Concord, CA, talks about wholesaling homemade flavored peanuts to breweries, how he’s grown his business, and his plans for the future.
Sonia Chang from Pasadena, CA, who has sold her healthy granola in over two dozen stores and has also operated a popular cupcakery, shares marketing strategies that she’s used to grow her businesses.
Diana Shockley owns I Love Pie in Carmichael, CA. After selling fruit pies at the farmers market for 1.5 years, she expanded into her own storefront. How did she do it and why was she so successful?
David Crabill talks about how to start a cottage food business from your home kitchen by using your state’s cottage food law, and how to validate your product idea with paying customers.
Sweet and Dazzling is a homebased bakery specializing in fresh natural ingredients. However, if you have diet restrictions such as gluten, sugar or dairy free you can still enjoy homemade baked goods from our bakery. If you have a sweet tooth for simple flavored sweets baked with joy, Sweet and Dazzling is the bakery you’ve… [read more]
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… [read more]
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… [read more]
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… [read more]
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… [read more]
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… [read more]
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… [read more]
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.
Licensed HOME BASED bakery specializing in custom, MADE TO ORDER treats delivered to your event location. Please call to discuss your event. Everything is made to order close to your event date. We do not have stock on hand for daily sales. We make cupcake, cake pops, custom cookies and cakes. Cupcakes, cookies and cake… [read more]
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… [read more]
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… [read more]
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,… [read more]
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… [read more]
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… [read more]
Kitchen science and gooey love got married and had delicious little home-made, oven fresh children. It’s called I Hella Heart Sugar. Let us take you back to the time when you came home after school and had a nice warm, gooey chocolate chip cookie while watching He-Man or She-Ra (if you watched both we won’t… [read more]
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… [read more]
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… [read more]
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… [read more]
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… [read more]
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,… [read more]
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… [read more]
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,… [read more]
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… [read more]
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… [read more]
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… [read more]
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,… [read more]
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.
100% Gluten Free Custom cakes, cookies, sweet breads, and more! Trained in cake decorating so you can have a delicious custom order to fit your event.
My name is Holly Castleman. I am the owner/operator of Holly Pops and I am operating from the County of Santa Clara since 2013. Over the years, baking has always been a passion of mine. Cake pops started out as a hobby to make “Thank You” gifts for my husband’s clients as well as birthday… [read more]
White House Goodies started as a concept to create products produced from our land. The first try was a Christmas Basket given to friends and family. Then California passed the Cottage Food Legislation allowing us to produce certain products in our home kitchen and we went to work. Some of our products are home grown…. [read more]
Order delicious cakes for any occasion! We cater weddings, birthdays, Quincenaneras, graduations, fund raising events, baby showers, bridal shower, engagements, corporate events, black tie events, and many others. We focus on the richness of flavor rather than the sweetness. We believe that taste is everything when it comes to cakes and cupcakes, but we don’t… [read more]
Los Angeles | Sweet Beginnings embodies my authentic passion and love for family, friends and food — especially desserts. After spending more than 25 years collecting and sampling new recipes, it wasn’t long before I launched “Sweet Beginnings”. I love creating memorable experiences for people through my baking. I started my venture with a booth… [read more]
Allowed all Class A & B operations to do direct sales anywhere within the state, rather than just their own county. It also required Class A operations to list their county on product labels.
Yum For All bakery creates gluten-free treats that are so good, everyone loves them… so there’s no need to buy separate treats for people with dietary restrictions! In addition to individual orders, we also run a cookie subscription service for local businesses. What better way to make work a little sweeter than with fresh-baked cookies… [read more]
We proudly specialize in unique gourmet cupcake flavors and gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and Paleo varieties of cupcakes and other treats. See our website for our latest menu!
Hello, my name is Sylvia Johnson. I am the master of Bunny’s Golden Brittle. I specialize in scrumptious candy brittle, made up with fresh roasted nuts, creamy butter, and real vanilla, and a variety of flavors: almond, peanut, pecan, cashew, and mixed fruit. Order yours today!
Initial cottage food law which created two classes of cottage food operations (CFOs). Class A can sell directly at most venues, whereas Class B can also sell indirectly through stores, restaurants, etc. A Class B permit is more expensive and requires a kitchen inspection. All CFOs can sell from a specific list of non-perishable items,… [read more]