New State Rule Will Help Heat Up Homemade-Food Sales

By Daniel Axelrod
The Times Herald-Record, Middletown, N.Y.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Denise Larson, who’s been making cookies and baked goods at her home under the Aunt Nenee’s brand since 2010 says the latest rule changes will “give people even more opportunities to share their creativity, and for their businesses to grow.”

The Times Herald-Record, Middletown, N.Y.

Maya’s Jams co-founder Maya MacLaughlin found her calling, plucking fruit from her family orchard and cooking concoctions in her Swan Lake kitchen.

On Monday, New York Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball expanded the list of foods that can be legally made in a home kitchen and sold without licenses, to encourage more dabbling cooks to open commercial food businesses like MacLaughlin’s.

Among the new exempt foods are rolls, biscuits, bagels, caramels, crackers, doughnuts; pretzels; Rice Krispies treats; scones; toffees; and vegetable chips, including potato chips.

New York Department of Agriculture and Markets staff also announced that those exempt from licenses can sell their products online within New York.

Previously, they could only sell direct from home or at events like farmers’ markets.

Home food processors, who are exempt from the Article 20-C food processing and Article 28 retail licenses, must still register with the department.

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