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cottage food laws

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Homemade For Sale is a perfect guide to start your own at home kitchen buisness. Co-authors John Ivanko & Lisa Kivirist provide a clear roadmap as the first authoritative guide to go from idea and recipe to final product.

Widely known as “cottage food legislation,” over 42 states and various Canadian provinces currently have varying forms of laws that encourage home-cooks to create and sell to the public specific, “non-hazardous” food items, often defined as those that are high-acid, like pickles, or low moisture, like breads. In addition to this publication, forrager.com provides an interactive guide to learning about the varying laws by location.

To get started, buy the book through the Homemade For Sale website and have your own copy to help you through these important issues:

• Product development and testing
• Organizing your kitchen
• Marketing and developing your niche
• Packaging and labeling
• Advertising and public relations
• Structuring your business
• Bookkeeping for your enterprise
• Managing liability, risk and government regulations
• Scaling up or staying small


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going to seed

Basket with a variety of green beansphoto from EdiblePortland

Anthony said: Look at this bean. We need several things from this bean. We need this bean to stand up straight, to be interested in climbing the pole like it’s supposed to. Not, I’ll climb the pole some years, and other years, it’s too much work. We need this bean to be able to be picked by hand. We don’t need this bean to be strong enough to be thrown into a huge truck, transported, and put through some heavy machinery. We need it to be soft enough to be edible—you want it to taste great. We need a short season, because this is where we live. We need this bean to be comfortable in our zip code. And I never thought you could ask all of these things from one plant.

An interview by Lolo Milholland in The Lucky Peach goes in depth to a remarkable seed savers strategy. Her interview with Anthony shows innovation and precession in the fine world of plants. Read the full feature article Going To Seed!


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ATTN: Back-packers, bike-packers, food historians, those concerned about scurvey!

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Here’s another fascinating lıttle nugget of nautical history.

In 1845, the famed Captain Sir John Franklin, 127 men, and a very interesting list of provisions embarked on a mission to discover a Northwest Passage and never returned. Ice-locked with lead cans and lacking enough food for the strenous task of surviving an arctic winter, the crew died of starvation, lead poisoning, and scurvey.

PBS provides this awesome (if admittedly somewhat voyeuristic) look into the plannıng that went into the packing of provisions brought along on this trip.


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a stroll down the cooridor of digital humanities

Whaling-dangers_of_the_whale_fisheryMaine Sail Freight festivities kick off tonight! And in our continued excitement, we’d like to share this neat timeline of Whaling History by PBS. It is wonderfully chockful of top-notch historical trivia.

For instance, in 1820, when their Nantauket whaleship The Essex is stove by a stermwhale, the crew is caught up in a classic tale of you-get-what-you-resist in which they embark on a 3,000 mile trip in small boatsout of fear of cannabalism by native peoples on islands only to resort to eating each other to stay alive. They become the inspiration for a very long book by Herman Melville.

Don’t worry: Maine Sail Freight is not going to be anything like that.

Check out the timeline here!

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