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Tuesday, July 13, 2010 

Michigan has the right idea

Commerical kitchen space is difficult to find and expensive should one be so lucky to find it. Isn't it time California takes a look at allowing certain foods to be prepared in one's own kitchen for sale at Farmer's Markets, etc.?

...This afternoon, Gov. Jennifer Granholm is to sign into law two cottage food operation bills that will allow individuals to make or package certain foods in their kitchens instead of having to use a commercial food operation as they do now.

Baked goods, jam and jellies, candy, vinegar, dried fruit, herbs and mixes made in your kitchen could all be sold publicly provided they are properly labeled to reflect that they are homemade and identify all ingredients under guidelines provided by the state.

The new measures will allow people to sell their goods publicly at farmers markets, roadside stands, county fairs, flea markets and festivals without a state Department of Agriculture license. An individual residence could make up to $15,000 gross annually from such sales, which could help some families with good bakers and cooks make ends meet or spur the creation of entrepreneurs.- Detroit Free Press

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I didn't even know that Michigan was considering that. Great idea, and much progressive than California. Let's get rid of those barriers to entry! Thanks for sharing.

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