Stifled Dreams, Laura’s Baking Story

States with supportive cottage food laws provide simple and inexpensive ways for skilled people to begin safe and profitable businesses from home — businesses that can become sustainable jobs. Arguably, Kentucky’s lack of a cottage food law mostly affects women — ones who can and bake, but who might otherwise lack employment, garden space, access […]

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Rural American Dreams, Beth’s Baking Story

Today we feature the story of a baker from a rural Kentucky community. This is Beth’s story in her own words. “My name is Beth and I’m only twenty-three years old. I was born and raised in Henry County, Kentucky. I’m new to home baking because I’ve been baking for less than 2 years. However, […]

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From Pride and Joy, To Broken Dreams – Mary’s Baking Story

Today we feature the story of a home baker who built up a home baking business in Michigan. Unfortunately, when she moved, she found out about Kentucky’s restrictive cottage food law. This is Mary’s story in her own words. “Several years ago, on a whim I decided to take a Wilton course, which led to […]

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Custom Cookies, Family Tradition – Joanna’s Baking Story

Today we feature a baker who’s story sounds all too familiar for home baker’s who have attempted starting small home based businesses in the state of Kentucky. This is Joanna’s story in her own words. “Families have traditions. Every Christmas my mom baked and iced cookies that she used to decorate our tree and that […]

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Making Her Mark, Brooke’s Baking Story

Today we feature a story of a baker who had a successful bourbon cupcake business, but the challenges with Kentucky’s law ultimately became too much. This is her story in her own words. “In 2012, I was working as a tour guide for a local Bourbon distillery when I decided to make some bourbon cupcakes […]

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The Right To Be ‘Kentucky Proud’, Katie’s Baking Story

Today we feature the story of a home baker from Lexington, Kentucky. This is Katie’s baking story in her own words. “I started making sugar cookies in January of 2014, because everyone said “you need to start a cookie business!” I already had my KY ID and Federal ID because I paint furniture and other […]

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An Update About Our Meeting. What Can You Do To Help?

Today we had a private meeting with Representative Heath and a consultant from the Kentucky Health Department’s Food Safety Branch. We talked about ways we can work together to see a cottage food law for home bakers who are not farmers. Overall it was a great meeting. It will take some time to get any […]

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Home Bakers Are Just Asking To Be In The Game

With anything in life, there are going to be people who oppose you. With this particular topic the majority of people who oppose home bakers are business owners themselves. As you’ve read, they call and alert health departments as “concerned citizens” and for some reason seem to be scared of the competition that home baking […]

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Cut The Red Tape, An Anonymous Baker’s Story

Today we feature the personal story of a stay-at-home mom who loved to bake. This is her story in her own words. She has chosen to remain anonymous. “I was a stay-at-home mom for years and home-schooled my three sons. During that time, I sold baked goods and candy from my home to supplement our […]

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