Many states are adding “Cottage Laws” to their books. That is good news for people who would like to take their favorite family recipe and make money. A lot of would be “Mrs. Fields have been stopped in their tracks by the laws of their state. Some states have added, or are in the process of adding, laws to permit home kitchens for production of some products. For the most part, those products that are allowed are foods that are not susceptible to food poisoning.
That is great news, it will make it possible for a lot of people to generate income without the huge expense of putting in a commercial kitchen and a retail lease. Now it migt be possible that you can bake birthday cakes, cookies, pies etc and do it at home! The key word here is might. You have to check with the health department where you live to see if will be able to do that.
States with Cottage Laws in Place Include:
Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, & Wyoming. Congratulations to those states!
States with Cottage Laws with Restrictions:
Alabama, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee
Pending Cottage Laws are in these states:
California, Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, & South Carolina
No Cottage Law States are:
Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Knasas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, & Rhode Island
Hooray for those of you that live in states with the laws, you might be able to be up and running quickly! For those of you whose states keep you from pursuing your dream, you might want to start a petition. For the time being though, you might be able to find a commerical kitchen you can use to get started.
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