Chloe Stirling, a sixth grader, began selling — and sometimes donating — baked goods two years ago. She called her business “Hey, Cupcake!” But she doesn’t have a permit or a commercial kitchen.
“Cottage” food producers were legalized last year in California, reports the Bay Area News Group. Food prepared in home kitchens can be sold, though “local controls have created a crazy quilt of rules and fees, resulting in rules that work for some but erect hurdles for others.”
About 1,000 new microbusinesses have been created. In San Jose, Rula Sai mixes imported black tea, dried apricots and sunflower petals to create an aromatic Armenian Plum Tea. She can sell at the monthly Bay Area Homemade Market in Berkeley, but can’t sell online or at farmers markets in San Jose. “She hosts tea parties, but the city only allows two in-home clients at a time.”