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Old 02/26/11, 04:34 PM
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WooHoo! Cottage food law AR

They passed a cottage food law here in AR! Yay! Unfortunately the Dem-Gaz doesn't allow you to read whole article for free but here is the top of the article:

http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2...0225/?business

As soon as I can find a full one I will post it.

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Old 02/26/11, 04:51 PM
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That's great! How are they on raw milk sales?

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Old 02/26/11, 05:28 PM
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we have it here in Michigan too

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Old 02/26/11, 05:29 PM
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They tried to put through a law I think it was 2 years ago but the Health dept pulled out the big guns on that one and killed it in committee. They plan to keep trying though.

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Old 02/26/11, 05:38 PM
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Here's a link to the actual bill (law itself is at red link) looks pretty easy:

http://e-lobbyist.com/gaits/AR/HB1323

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Good news here in AR!

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Old 02/26/11, 06:42 PM
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What does that mean - a cottage food law? That you can sell stuff you produce on your farm like baked goods etc?

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Old 02/26/11, 06:51 PM
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Pretty much. We don't have to have a certified kitchen to make things that are safe like baked goods, candy and canned goods like salsa and pickles and jams.

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They are making a push here in Texas, as well. It's called the Texas Bakers law. Hopefully, it will make it thru the hurdles.

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That is great. Although I live in Oklahoma, I live just 25 minutes from our nearest big town which is Siloam Springs, Arkansas and they have a summer Farmers Market. I've set up there before and sold some extra lettuce, onions, etc. and my wife made and sold cinamon rolls. But they put a stop to the baked goods. We haven't done the farmers market there in about 12 years or so. This will be interesting to attend and maybe set up once again.

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How do the girl scouts, church groups, etc get away with selling baked goods in front of stores?

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Old 02/27/11, 07:40 AM
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I thought there was something like it in TX already...we can buy raw milk from dairies.

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Old 02/27/11, 09:05 AM
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How do the girl scouts, church groups, etc get away with selling baked goods in front of stores?
Everybody has just turned a blind eye to it. But Rep. Benedict who sponsored the bill did it so groups like that could sell legally among other reasons.
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Cottage food production is a human right, IMHO. All 50 states should permit it. As long as the label states who made it, what it contains, and that it's home produced, I am 110% behind this for ALL AMERICANS.

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The bill apparently only covers non-hazardous foods... sorta restricted to fresh stuff, breads, jellies, jams, etc. Anything potentially hazardous is nixed. Look like raw milk would be on the hazardous side...

Would've been nice if they'd'a included blanket liability exemptions.

Reckon it's a start anyhow. Before selling anything remotely iffy, I'd check with my insurance carrier.

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To me it is a crime that the d*** gobermint is even involved in this sort of thing at all..........................

I don't need the gobmint to tell me if I can or can't buy from you . .eggs, milk, or a sweet roll.


I need four more of those sweet rolls . .they are good . . . .lol

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Over time, the pendulum of public opinion swings one way, then the other. Some years back, you can bet somebody got sick from eating something "homemade" that they bought at a bake sale or farmers market or swap n shop, farm store, whatever. Maybe some little kid even died. So public sentiment becomes, "there oughta be a law so this can never happen again." And in typical goobermint fashion the law is over-written and over-restrictive. So now, the pendulum is swinging back the other way, hopefully it will come to rest in the middle with a good balance of food safety and personal freedom.

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Pretty much. We don't have to have a certified kitchen to make things that are safe like baked goods, candy and canned goods like salsa and pickles and jams.
I have done really, really well with my jams and baked goods - it has grown into quite the business. I quit my job @ the bank and now bake @ home full time. Good luck! PM me with questions - k? I have a list of packaging supplies etc....
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The bill apparently only covers non-hazardous foods... sorta restricted to fresh stuff, breads, jellies, jams, etc. Anything potentially hazardous is nixed. Look like raw milk would be on the hazardous side...

Would've been nice if they'd'a included blanket liability exemptions.

Reckon it's a start anyhow. Before selling anything remotely iffy, I'd check with my insurance carrier.
We have and haven't had to make any special adjustments to our existing policies.... and we sell alot. We make sure no one gets sick - that's the only reason someone might shut us down - the health inspector buys our bread! We visit many offices, banks, schools and doctors to sell a ton of bread and cookies, etc.....
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Cottage food production is a human right, IMHO. All 50 states should permit it. As long as the label states who made it, what it contains, and that it's home produced, I am 110% behind this for ALL AMERICANS.
We have specs as to what has to be on the label and it's well marked that it's home produced, etc.
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