Test Your Cottage Food Product Ideas and Business at a Farmers Market

| 12/21/2015 10:32:00 AM

Cinnamon and sugar hot donuts

Finally, the freedom to earn from our home kitchens. As we wrote about in our last blog, home cooks can now sell to their neighbors and community certain "non-hazardous" food products made in their home kitchen, often with very few regulations or governmental entanglements. Cottage food laws in all but a few states now allow homeowners to sell to the public either low moisture foods, like breads and cookies, and/or high acid food products, like jams, jellies and pickles.

We delve into the details on how to get started in our new book, HOMEMADE FOR SALE, the first authoritative guide to launching a food business from your home kitchen. And we're always on the lookout for food entrepreneurs who are making it happen in their community.

On a recent trip to Hollywood, Florida, we couldn't help trying out Bags & Buckets: Hot Mini Donuts, owned by Stacee and Brian Munroe, a husband-and-wife team who have embraced Florida's amazing cottage food law by turning out hot donuts sold at the Yellow Green Farmers Market. Within a month of deciding to move forward, they were selling to happy customers.

Stacee Munroe co-owner of Bags & Buckets Hot Mini Donuts

Easy Start-up for Home Kitchen Food Businesses

"When we visited the market, we noticed no one was selling donuts," said Stacee Munroe as she packed up a bag of her warm, cinnamon and sugar coated treats for us. "Within a month, we had our business set up and operating." She also sells a selection of dips on the side, plus a donut bread pudding.

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