Law opens door for ‘ cot­tage foods’

Some home­made items now OK for sale to pub­lic

Connecticut Post (Sunday) - - Sunday Business - By Alexan­der Soule

It took a few years, but at long last Con­necti­cut “food­preneurs” can pre­heat their kitchen ovens to cook up fam­ily fa­vorites for com­mer­cial sale.

They bet­ter get the car warm­ing up, as well, be­cause un­der Con­necti­cut’s new “cot­tage food” rules, there is no easy recipe for get­ting those prod­ucts to buy­ers.

In Oc­to­ber, the state Depart­ment of Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion be­gan ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions un­der a new “cot­tage food” law from those look­ing to sell food made in their home kitchens. The new reg­u­la­tion pro­hibits food en­trepreneurs, how­ever, from sell­ing through stores or oth­er­wise dis­tribut­ing through the mail or via third­party de­liv­ery ser­vices such as

Chris­tian Abra­ham / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

With a new “cot­tage food” law in ef­fect, Con­necti­cut res­i­dents can legally sell non­per­ish­able foods pre­pared and pack­aged in their home kitchens, though distri­bu­tion is lim­ited to di­rect de­liv­ery or farm­ers mar­kets such as the West­port Win­ter Farm­ers Mar­ket, seen here.

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