California Confusion - Homemade Food And Clotheslines Are Illegal
    By Hank Campbell | November 6th 2011 12:09 PM | 1 comment | Print | E-mail | Track Comments
    California is a jumble of progressive confusion.  People like to pay $15 a dozen for organic, free range chicken eggs and subsidize solar energy, for example, but a clothesline - the most emissions free way to dry clothes ever, invented by ancient man - is illegal in most neighborhoods, and someone making homemade bread and selling it, a practice that got a lot of families through the Great Depression, is in violation of various laws.

    Apparently only Big Organic is allowed to sell delicious foods where the chain of custody is well known by the creator and the consumer.

    But if you aren't educated by advertising and can't afford Whole Paycheck Foods, homemade stuff may be ideal.  California foodies do not want to hide in the shadows any more. "Handcrafted" "artisanal" and "homegrown" should not just be claims that corporations are allowed to make any more, they say. 

    They want cottage food laws, which 30 states not as oppressive as California have, that would allow sales of home-made goods half of those were passed since the Great Recession began in 2007. Will it happen?  Unlikely, progressives are the enemies of freedom so regulations, permits and inspections take place over poorer people who can't afford an onerous $800 fee just to open a  banking account being able to be self-sufficient in a state blighted by an anti-business mentality being able to make a living in a small business.

    Foodies in California pushing for homemade food sales law - Associated Press


    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!