Home-Based Food Business Case Study: Clare's Nutty Concoctions



Clare selling nut treats
Photo by Kurt Jacobson

With so many farmers markets, local grocery stores, and distributors looking for new food products, now is a great time to start selling your home-based foods. The question is how to bring your special homemade food to the market? Few know about or understand cottage food laws or what it takes to bring your product to the market, but it's not that difficult to learn the ropes.

Throughout my food travels, I find plenty of home-based food startups doing well. When I wrote about Michelle's Granola, readers got a picture of how an exceptional product can go from a home kitchen to farmers' markets and on to a large part of the U.S. market. When I came across Clare's Nutty Concoctions at a small farmer's market on Maryland's Eastern Shore, I once again saw and tasted the future of home-based food products.

Nutty treats in a bag
Photo by Kurt Jacobson

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