California Confusion - Homemade Food And Clotheslines Are Illegal
    By Hank Campbell | November 6th 2011 12:09 PM | 1 comment | Print | E-mail | Track Comments

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    Thanks for spotlighting the "home-based baking" issue; didn't know about the clothesline restriction, wow! More than half the states in the U.S. have some sort of cottage food law, some lacking terribly, but this year six states, Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Texas and Washington passed cottage food legislation that allows home food processors to bake or produce non-hazardous food products in their home kitchens for sell to the public. This may not sound like a big deal, however there are many food crafters who sell their homemade products full and part-time at their local farmers markets, cafes, coffee shops, gourmet shops, food coops...look times are tough and every little bit helps! Hank, thanks again for writing about this, I've been a cottage food advocate for more than five years, and I know first hand the impact it can have on a local economy!