WooHoo! Cottage food law AR

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  1. Patt

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    That's great! How are they on raw milk sales?
     

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    we have it here in Michigan too
     
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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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    Good news here in AR!
     
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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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    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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    I thought there was something like it in TX already...we can buy raw milk from dairies.
     
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    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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    MO_cows I calls em like I sees em

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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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    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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    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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    We have specs as to what has to be on the label and it's well marked that it's home produced, etc.