Today we feature the personal story of a home baker from Kentucky named Charity. This is Charity’s story in her own words.
“Back in 2010 I was a stay-home-mom with a five-year-old and three-year-old twins. With all of my boys in school at this time I had the opportunity to send in goodies for their class parties.
I already owned a handful of holiday themed cookie cutters (I made cookies for work several years before while I still lived in Louisiana), so I sent in some simply decorated Halloween cookies. They were a hit! It didn’t take long for people to start putting in orders. I sold my first cookies that Thanksgiving.
It didn’t cross my mind for many months that what I was doing was illegal. I started following other bakers online and began hearing all about cottage food laws, and congratulated cookie friends in Texas, Florida and my home state of Louisiana when their cottage food laws passed. Still in Kentucky we waited and wondered why only those on farms were allowed to take advantage of this law.
After having to put Cookies by Charity on hold for almost two years while I battled breast cancer, I have been hard at work since February trying to build my business back up. Selling cookies gives my family a much-needed added income, and allows me to work around the busy schedule of my three sons.
Being able to take advantage of the cottage food laws would allow me to take on corporate accounts, participate in vendor fairs and write off expenses. I have looked into renting space in a commercial kitchen, but the inconvenience is too great. I even considered converting a space in my home into a commercial kitchen, but after looking at all the costs and necessary demolition it would be too great of an expense for my family to take on.
My story is like that of many others. I have found something that I love to do, and something that I do really well, and I want to be able to turn it into something bigger. For now, I will continue to be a rogue baker making beautiful cookie art.”
By: Charity Ford, Cookies by Charity