28 Feb '12, 12pm

Getting homemade foods off the black market

Getting homemade foods off the black market

There’s no doubt a homemade food renaissance has taken root. All around the country, home picklers, jammers, and bakers have been looking for ways to transform hobby food production into small artisan businesses. In many states, however, selling food you’ve made in your home is against the law. In California, for instance, it’s currently a misdemeanor for home artisans to sell their goodies in the open marketplace. Case in point: Last June, Department of Public Health officials in San Francisco shut down ForageSF’s popular Underground Market , which featured mostly home producers, because its sellers were not compliant with local and state regulations. But due to a campaign launched by the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC), the laws might change this year. The Oakland-based SELC recently teamed up with Los Angeles Assembly Member Mike Gatto to introduce the Californi...

Full article: http://grist.org/sustainable-food/gettting-homemade-foods...

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