Did you know that you might be able to sell your baked goods, homemade jams and jellies without a commercial kitchen? More and more states are coming on board with small, local food businesses. What does this mean for you?
Every state is different, but, basically, you can sell your baked goods and possibly jams and jellies at farmer's markets and/or roadside stands which also means on farm sales. You can sell directly to the customer, but not wholesale. Most states will only allow you to sell high acid jams, jellies and fruit butters and nonhazardous baked goods. But, this still gives you a lot of freedom and choice!
First things first, before I get your hopes up, I suggest you find out your state regulations on this. If you aren't sure where to look, I recommend going to Homebased Baking.
There you will find whether your state is included on accepting homebased food businesses without a commercial kitchen. You will also find your state's contact information on the subject. I believe there are 26 states on board now!
If your state is on the "good-to-go" list, your next step should be to find out labeling requirements and other specifics that you will need to know.
So, what are my plans for this wonderful opportunity?
I have sold jams and fruit butters at the farmer's market last year. But, this year, with our new little farmstore here on the farm, I plan on selling homemade bread, granola mixes and cookies along with my jams, jellies, apple and pear butters! I can't tell you how excited I am!
Although not every state is on board with this, they might be soon! You can always give them a little nudge and voice your requests!