Starting a Home Based Business
LIBERTY, December 11, 2013 - What do Mattel, Google, eBay and Apple all have in common? These popular businesses all started in the home of their creator. The next home based business could be yours. Join Alexis Cordova and Winnefred Jackson as they teach you all that you need to know about starting a cottage food business. The workshop will be held on Tuesday December 17, 2013 from 9 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office located at 501 Palmer Ave in Liberty, Texas. A registration fee of $10 will be received at the door. To successfully operate a home based food business you also need a food handler’s certificate. We will be offering the food handlers certificate course immediately after the cottage food business workshop from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. A registration fee of $20 will be received at the door.
What is a Cottage Food Business?
A cottage food business is a business that under the Cottage Food law may use their home kitchen to prepare food products for sale directly to the consumer. Under recent changes to the Texas Cottage Food Law these products can also be sold outside the home including farmers markets and roadside stands. All foods sold must be properly labeled and include the name and address of the operation, the name of the product, possible allergens that are in the food, and a statement saying the food was not prepared in a kitchen that is inspected by the Department of State Health Services or a local health department. Some of the foods that may be sold under this law include homemade candy, canned jams and jellies, fruit pies, baked goods that do not need to be refrigerated, popcorn, pickles, coated and uncoated nuts.
Please call the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Office at (936)334-3230 to reserve your spot for our “Cooking up a Cottage Food Business” workshop or the “Food Handler’s Certificate” course. Not too late to start your own business!