February 2017 Update
Happy February you all! I have a few updates for you this morning.
First I have to inform you all that Valerie Gambel, our favorite person at the Dept. of Agriculture, has been given a different position and will no longer be our go to contact there. She has been a wonderful help to us and we can’t thank her enough for everything she has done to advance the cottage food industry here in Minnesota. Mr. James Roettger will now be our contact for any questions or concerns you have regarding the cottage food law. His email is: James.Roettger@state.mn.us
The University of Minnesota Extension has re-designed their cottage food page. There are updates to the Cottage Food FAQ’s page and there is a great page with information about upcoming safety classes and workshops. It’s easier to see what classes are coming up and easier to register for them: Cottage Food Producer Food Safety Training
I want to encourage anyone who isn’t already following the Minnesota Farmer’s Market Association Facebook page to do so. There is always interesting information to be found and farmer’s markets are a great place to sell your products.
In the past I have mentioned David Crabill and his great website Forrager, which is a wonderful resource for all kinds of cottage food information all over the United States. He recently sent me a letter with a few highlights from 2016:
- Three new cottage food laws (Delaware, Idaho, Oregon)
- Three amendments to cottage food laws (Colorado, Illinois, Ohio)
- A lawsuit in Wisconsin to challenge their ban on baked goods
And he noted that this year he will be keeping tabs on Connecticut and New Jersey, as they are both close to ending their battles to get a cottage food law implemented. According to the Cottage Food Law CT Movement on Facebook, if all goes well they should have everything finalized by April 2017.
That’s it for now. Have a great day!
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