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General News · 4th December 2013
Nikki Smorodin
As I was reading this article on food in communities #2 really caught my eye. Many Cortes food artisans have been shut down this year at the hands of our new overzealous food-safe rep. This just feels wrong for so many reasons, and takes away peoples ability to share their gifts, feed the community, earn income and create a more flourishing Cortes economy. I feel like this is absolutely ESSENTIAL on a small island, and it has been going on safely for years. I was wondering if anyone has any ideas on this, specifically on the possibility of pressing for the "Cottage Food Laws" described below. This understanding on Cortes and other gulf islands would allow our food artisans to make, sell and share their wares and contribute to the community and the economy. Please read on and talk amongst yourselves!

Here is a small piece of the article, and the link to the full article is below.

"Cottage food laws allow artisans to sell breads, jams, candy, and other foods made in their home kitchens. Without these laws, the cost of renting a commercial kitchen can be prohibitive for many small-scale food entrepreneurs. While specific restrictions on the condition of home kitchens and allowed annual earnings vary from state to state, there are currently 42 states with at least some type of cottage law. Beth-Ann Betz makes sweets with a Middle Eastern twist in her New Hampshire kitchen, and sells them at a farmers market and a local food co-op. Customers love her pistachio ma'amoul, flaky rugelach, and juicy plum torte, she says, and income from the business provides a nice supplement to her Social Security. "It gives me the option to be independent and self-employed at 66."

Full article here:
http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/how-to-eat-like-our-lives-depend-on-it/6-ways-to-feed-a-community

Thanks for reading! ~Nikki