This website is dedicated to helping the home based bakers in Kentucky. We will no longer sit by and be silent. We are currently working towards changing Kentucky’s restrictive cottage food laws so that it will finally accommodate home bakers.
We need YOUR support. Like our social media pages, and share to get the word out, contact your local legislator. The more people wanting to see this outdated law changed, the more likely we are to see that change happen!
What Does Home Baking Mean?
- Home baking is just that: baking goods, such as cookies, cakes and muffins, in a home kitchen. Home kitchens can legally be businesses in the United States, with the exception of Kentucky, Wisconsin, New Jersey, & Rhode Island. (Find out about Wisconsin here. Find out about New Jersey Here.)
- Some states like Kentucky have cottage food laws but are restrictive in that they only allow farmers to sell who grow their main ingredient.
How Do We Fix This?
- We currently have no bills set up to be heard. This can be changed by voicing your support, and contacting your local legislators to let them know you would like to see our current cottage food laws changed to allow home baking businesses.
- We have an upcoming meeting August 29th, 2017 to show the reasons why we need this law changed. We need you there with your stories to share! If you can’t be present email your story and photos of your work to: email@example.com
Why Should I Care?
- Imagine getting to order grandma’s homemade cookies on demand! If allowed to operate, home baking businesses can provide additional income to families and pay taxes. Home bakers also have the flexibility to make small batches of goods and cater to food allergies and dietary restrictions. People who live far from traditional bakeries can buy locally. Plus, home bakers are likely to source locally, buying ingredients and supplies from other small businesses.
What Do We Want To See Changed From The Current Law?
- We want the right to sell homemade food products, that do not require refrigeration. (i.e: non-potentially hazardous foods).
- The local health department may inspect the kitchen annually, but it is not a requirement.
- Just like farmers, we would register with the KCHS Food Safety Branch, and have this renewed annually with no fee to register.
- No water testing requirements for public water users. If there is a private water source, they must have it tested and approved.
- No commercial kitchen restrictions.
- To be able to sell directly to the consumer, farmers markets, & charity bake sales.
- We would like to see the cap on home sales at $50,000.
- Allow for inspection if a valid complaint is filed from the health department, with advanced notice in writing.
- We would agree to a food safety or food handlers class whether it is online or in a classroom setting. We ask for an initial grace period to complete the class. We also ask that the cost/burden to the home baker be minimal. Online option would be preferred for easy renewal and accessibility for people in rural areas.
- No pets allowed in food processing areas while food is being prepared.
- Food labeling requirements.
- Kitchens can have no more than two non-commercial ranges, ovens, or double-ovens, and no more than three refrigerators.
- Foods for the business must be kept separate to those for residential use.
- We would like the option for online sales and shipping. This would be beneficial for bakers who make cookies or breads.
- No workshop attendance or recipe approval requirement.
How Do I Know The Food Is Safe?
- The types of baked goods we want to sell are safe and do not need to be refrigerated, like cookies, cakes, and muffins. The changes we want would allow us to sell these goods as long as our customers know the items were made in a home kitchen. These very same goods can be sold by farmers who grow their main ingredient, so it’s not a question of health and safety. Again, these businesses are legal in 46 states!
Are There Limits On What Or How Much Home Bakers Can Sell?
- Yes. We suggest a revenue cap of $50,000 per year and only allows goods that do not require refrigeration like cookies, cupcakes, and cake pops.
Will This Be Bad For Traditional Bakeries?
- Our businesses will be limited by the revenue cap and by the nature of our business model, so there will still be demand for traditional bakeries. We can only fill so many orders from our home kitchens. It’s not the government’s place to restrict competition and that’s what our current law is doing.
What Can I Do To Help?
- Call your legislator.
- Tell your friends.
- If you are connected with an organization that might be interested in this issue, ask them to sign our coalition letter.
- Attend a public rally when the time comes.
- Sign our petition at Change.org