Today, I had a fascinating conversation with a group of people who make gourmet food in their homes. They make everything from lavender jelly to home-brewed beer. And it reaffirmed for me the importance of passing the Cottage Food Law in California.
A Cottage Food Law in California would give food artisans like the ones I met today the opportunity to make their creations in home kitchens and sell them to the public. Several states already have laws on the books that allow it, and it is important for California to follow suit.
For many, starting a food business is daunting. Renting time in a commercial kitchen is hugely expensive, and often a barrier to entry. However, when individuals are allowed to use their home kitchens – assuming they meet their state’s safety standards – as incubators for their food businesses, the goal becomes much more achievable. This is significant because, when individuals who are deeply invested in the quality of their products are allowed to sell their goods to the public, another avenue is opened for creating new, local food systems and combating the corporate food system that contributes heavily to the poor health of the American people.