Making Money Mondays – Sell Homemade Food without a Commercial Kitchen!

Did you know that you might be able to sell your baked goods, homemade jams and jellies without a commercial kitchen?  More and more states are coming on board with small, local food businesses.  What does this mean for you?

Every state is different, but, basically, you can sell your baked goods and possibly jams and jellies at farmer’s markets and/or roadside stands which also means on farm sales.  You can sell directly to the customer, but not wholesale.  Most states will only allow you to sell high acid jams, jellies and fruit butters and nonhazardous baked goods.  But, this still gives you a lot of freedom and choice!

First things first, before I get your hopes up, I suggest you find out your state regulations on this.  If you aren’t sure where to look, I recommend going to Homebased Baking.

There you will find whether your state is included on accepting homebased food businesses without a commercial kitchen.  You will also find your state’s contact information on the subject. I believe there are 26 states on board now!

If your state is on the “good-to-go” list, your next step should be to find out labeling requirements and other specifics that you will need to know.

So, what are my plans for this wonderful opportunity?

I have sold jams and fruit butters at the farmer’s market last year.  But, this year, with our new little farmstore here on the farm, I plan on selling homemade bread, granola mixes and cookies along with my jams, jellies, apple and pear butters!  I can’t tell you how excited I am!

Although not every state is on board with this, they might be soon!  You can always give them a little nudge and voice your requests!

10 comments on “Making Money Mondays – Sell Homemade Food without a Commercial Kitchen!

  1. Do you know what the requirements would be to sell backed goods online?

    That was one thing I couldn't find on our state's website. I was just there the other day because my daughter was interested in selling cookies in the future as an online business!

  2. I'm excited about the opportunity you present here (muffins, you know…). We participate in several local holiday bazaars and have thought of offering muffin mixes (everything but the wet ingredients). Thanks for the gentle prodding. 🙂

    Best of wishes to you in your farm stand this year! How exciting!

    Blessings, ~Lisa

  3. The Homebased Baking site has been down for maintenance for a while and does not seem to be coming back up soon. Is there any other place to find the State List? Thank you!

  4. Hi Michelle, I believe you don't need anything but a website if you're planning to sell your bake goods online. My friend is also into online business and she's selling dresses. Nothing to worry about, it's like selling your goods on a weekend market but its open to all people even out of your town.

  5. isn't up & running. Says "NOTICE: This domain name expired on 1/7/2016 and is pending renewal or deletion."
    where else can I find this information on state regulations? Thanks.

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