It all started with a vision of living off the land.
Back in 2016, Beatrice Lattimore moved her family into the countryside to rediscover their roots and start a farm.
What began as five mostly-empty acres in Deland, FL is now a fully-functioning farm with animals, produce, and a cottage food business called Beatz Sweets.
Beatrice uses Florida’s cottage food law to sell value-added products at farmers markets, events, and — most importantly — from the farm itself.
In this episode, she shares what it has taken to make their vision a reality.
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.
Would have allowed micro-restaurants known as “home kitchen operations”.
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, we hear from the experts!
All of the guests on this episode run Facebook groups that support cottage food entrepreneurs. In total, the owners of these Facebook groups represent over 125,000 members!
On this episode, each guest shares a quick tip that they have for someone starting or growing a cottage food business.
Facebook groups are the glue that holds the cottage food industry together. They are fantastic resources for entrepreneurs to find support and connect with each other.
Those who run these Facebook groups spend a lot of time supporting and maintaining their groups, oftentimes behind the scenes and without compensation.
This episode not only contains tons of valuable advice for cottage food business owners, but also recognizes many of the individuals that help support the growing cottage food industry.
Florida’s cottage food law has improved significantly over time. After passing their first law (HB 7209) in 2011, they have passed three amendments: in 2017 they passed HB 1233, and in 2021 they passed HB 663 & HB 403. Florida now has a good cottage food law, especially since it is very easy for a… [read more]
The “Home Sweet Home Act” allowed shipping, increased the sales limit to $250k, and allowed cottage food businesses to be setup as an LLC or corporation
Prevented local governments from restricting or prohibiting home-based businesses
For Barry Sherman and his life partner, Scott, their cookie business is about a lot more than the cookies!
Since 2018, Barry and Scott have run their eco-friendly and socially-conscious cookie business, Urban Bakers, in Tampa Bay, FL.
Initially they started from home due to Scott being diagnosed with early onset of Parkinson’s Disease, but they quickly expanded to a commercial kitchen.
Their dense quarter-pound cookies are very unique. They come individually-wrapped in compostable bags with compostable labels, and the quality of the ingredients is top-notch. They also come in a variety of flavors, including root beer float, piña colada, and spicy dark chocolate chili.
In addition to operating their business as sustainably as possible, they also give back by donating a portion of each sale to a different charity each month.
Barry talks about the triumphs, challenges, and surprises of running a high-end drop cookie business, and what he’s learned along the way.
Welcome to Crystal Bakes! I am a girl who simply loves to bake and making people happy. I’m a proud mom of two beautiful kids who started out just wanting to make my kids birthday cake dreams come true, and well here i am loving what i do.
It is an online bakery where you feel like eating your grandma’s desserts…
Welcome to Morning Rose Bakery! Miami natives now living in Florida’s Space Coast. We’ve always had a passion for baking and finally decided to share our treats with everyone else! All of our products are made in small batches, from scratch, and we only use quality whole ingredients Let us know if there’s anything we… [read more]
Dried Herbs and Seasonings Flowers, Seeds, Bulbs, Trees Coming Soon North Florida Honey – Spring 2019
Increased the sales limit to $50k and allowed online sales, as long as they were delivered in-person
Currently my Cottage Business hasn’t started up yet,I am in school right now learning about gourmet baking and should be done by Sept 2016, Also I am working on designing my social page as well as my business webpage and menus and business cards. And then I will start working on my own recipes and… [read more]
My mission is to bring glory to God in all that I do while bringing you fresh, made to order sweet treats made from scratch.
Eat the Spoon is my homemade gift to the public where I incorporate my ohhh soooo good desserts with edible spoons! Future “end” goal is an eclectic coffee/bake shop! :)
Fresh, soft, moist and delicious cupcakes & cookies delivered right to your door, it doesn’t get any better than that!
Herb infused specialty vinegar and dressings, homemade syrups, pies, cakes, breads, baked goods.
Ugg’s Bakery offers specialty bakery treats to those with dietary restrictions. Grain free, gluten free, dairy free, soy free, yeast free… problem free! Ugg’s Bakery is a small home-kitchen business that currently operates under the Florida Cottage Law. The dream is to someday have a storefront but for now, we take orders during the week… [read more]
Plain Jane Cakes is a home based cupcake business that provides 12 different varieties of cupcakes available for order. $18 per dozen. Specialty cupcakes are available for special order, and any special decorations, etc, may cost extra. Contact Melissa Bellingar for more information 904-557-8335 firstname.lastname@example.org Descriptions below: Red Velvet- classic red cake, cream cheese frosting… [read more]
Initial cottage food law, which allowed producers to directly sell a number of non-perishable foods, and set a $15k sales limit