from forbes: Farmers who want to prepare and sell foods at home hope the Colorado Legislature joins more than a dozen other states with a “cottage foods” designation. It’s a sort of in-between step between giving away homemade foods to neighbors and going commercial, which requires government oversight some farmers say isn’t worth navigating just to sell small batches of food. “We want to find a way to support what’s been growing in Colorado,” said Sen. Gail Schwartz, D-Snowmass Village, who sponsored a cottage foods bill this year. The cottage food idea has big fans in local-food advocates, small farmers and rural development experts, who say the change could boost rural economies and help get people started in the food business.
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