Florida Encourages Entrepreneurship and Small Cottage Business

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Real Estate Agent with International Properties and Investments LLC
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Florida encourages entrepreneurship and small cottage business. Florida has many benefits for healthy living for both your body and your pocketbook. 

Florida just passed a new law that allows you to cook in your home and then bring those home-baked goods to your local green markets to sell them. 

We love going to the Wellington Farmers' Market weekly to discover all the new creative innovations and baked yummy goods from local entrepreneurs and local people who are looking for additional ways to make some money during these economic times. This is the spirit of America. 

Wellington green market

When things get tough you figure out a way to make some money to take care of yourself and your family that also adds value to the lives of others. Nothing like smelling fresh baked pies on a Saturday morning at a farmer's market near you. 

Throughout South Florida farmers' markets are all the rave. 

This new law is called the "Cottage Food Law" and it is about time we had one of those around here! 

wellington green farmers market

This new food law does away with all the regulations and licensing fees that most mom and pop type start ups can not afford to pay for nor have the time to go through all the red tape just to test a new baked pie or bread on the market. 

One lady who lost her job loves to bake pies. She is 52 years old and started to bake her pies. She has over 50 different baked pies that she sells at local green markets. This is how she does what she loves to do, baking and makes some cash too. 

You can make loaf breads, pies, cakes, cookies, pastries, jams, candies, honey, jellies, dried fruits, dry herbs, teas, seasonings, homemade pasta, cereals and popcorn just to name a few of the items. 

The Cottage Business Law has restrictions. Before you start cooking in your home you need to make sure you comply with the new law. There are certain products that you can not sell such as fresh meat or fresh fish, any products containing fresh cream and the like. 

wellington green farmers market on saturdays

I also found out that you can not sell your goods that fall under the Cottage Business law on the internet but you can deliver in person to your customer's homes and places of business. 

Contact FreshfromFlorida.com or call 850-245-5520. There are limitations and restrictions. Of course if you want to sell products or produce products that do not fall within the Cottage Business law you can follow the licensing laws to produce those food products. 

Disclaimer: your town or city may have some additional restrictions or laws so make sure you check with them before you start baking your favorite goodies to sell. 

Just another great reason to move to the sunshine state of Florida! 


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Erica Ramus
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Good localism post Katerina. I have a few favorite farm markets that I love going to as well. There are not so many restrictions I think, here, cooking in your house. 

January 23, 2012 07:14 PM #7
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Erica- I am sure there are not where you are. It is mostly when you get to bigger cities and places that love to create more regulations and make money off of licensing fees. :) Katerina 

January 23, 2012 07:23 PM #8
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Chiara Petro
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I'm reading the part in your post about the woman that loves to bake pies, and all I can think of is the movie, Mildred Pierce. Seriously, this is a great lovalism post and I hope Farmer's Market's continue to spread.

January 23, 2012 08:23 PM #9
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OMG... while the political/government mentality of the CA Bay Area would NEVER allow something like this to happen.... I can dream, can't I????

January 23, 2012 08:24 PM #10
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Peggy- That is actually sad! I was born in Stanford Hospital and I lived in Menlo Park and in San Francisco. I went to school at Stanford Elementary and Hillside Elementary for a couple of years after moving back from Europe. Back then, it was all about co-ops, farmers markets and hippey markets. How sad that it all turned to the mentality there now. Katerina 

Yes, you can dream but then take action. 

January 23, 2012 08:47 PM #11
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Chiara- I know they will. The really interesting trend I just learned about is that young capitalists are going back to farming. They believe they will be successful with the rise in demand for organic foods. I hope they are a big success. Katerina 

January 23, 2012 08:49 PM #12
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It's about time the government gets out of the kitchen!

Freedom in FL

January 23, 2012 10:38 PM #13
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Hi Katerina, yes! and it is about time. I totally agree that these types of businesses should be allowed to flourish.

January 23, 2012 11:17 PM #14
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Hi Katerina....Good on the Government. Getting back to basics is wise, people will support others making home made food....mmmm. They do the same here to, at what we call farmers markets on the weekends in and around Victoria. I support one called The Moss Street Market by blogging.

January 23, 2012 11:22 PM #15
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Dave- I love your note! Support freedom and entrepreneurship! ALLOW LEMONDADE STANDS! :) 

January 23, 2012 11:52 PM #16
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Sandy- Hands should not be tied from being able to earn an income selling wonderfully delicious baked goods. So many small businesses used to start out in the kitchen. Whoever thought to stop that was not an entrepreneur - must have been a politician. LOL! 

There is good that comes out of bad, the recession encourages creativity and living your passions. Many people who get laid off or lose their jobs soon discover it was the best thing that ever happened to them because now they can do what they love and earn an income doing so like the lady who loves to bake pies. What a gift she can share now. And how blessed are the rest of us who can now enjoy the fruits of her labors. Love it! 

January 23, 2012 11:55 PM #17
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Fred- That is awesome, I am sure a lot of locals read your blog about your local farmers' market too! Canada has been making some awesome changes towards being very business friendly! Go Canada! 

January 23, 2012 11:57 PM #18
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It is a very happy thing for Florida :). My daughter is thrilled!! Great post.
January 24, 2012 12:17 AM #19
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Pam- Great! I am happy too because one of our sons and his wife make great biscotti and chocolate truffles:) 

January 24, 2012 01:43 AM #20
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katerina 0 this is very interesting, I didnot know about it. I think this is a smart move, and should make life easier for people

January 24, 2012 02:27 AM #21
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Okay, I am out of it. I didn't realize that you could not bake cookies for a local street faire at your home and then sell them to the public. I guess maybe I never thought about it since I don't do much cooking.

January 24, 2012 09:34 AM #22
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Cheryl Dickson
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Hey guys, I LOVE the Farmer's Market here in Colorado. I can't wait till SUMMER when it starts up again. You are so lucky your's can go all year long!!! I wonder if we have the "Cottage Business Law" here in Colorado? I'm gonna look into it.

January 24, 2012 10:16 AM #23
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Cheryl- No we can't go all year long, unfortunately. Here in Florida our farmers' markets are opposite of yours. Our Wellington Farmers market goes from November to April. Summers are way too hot and food does not keep well outside in the summer. We don't go out doors much in the summers here, unlike you in Colorado. :) c

January 24, 2012 11:58 AM #24
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Don Hess
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Three cheers for Florida! In my lifetime I am still amazed at how we've allowed the government to intrude on our freedom. Always in the name of protecting us. Let's hope this starts a trend.

January 24, 2012 03:36 PM #25
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Stephanie Anson
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Katerina, I love these types of markets, the food is always delicious. Thanks for sharing this post. Keep up the good work as a top Wellington short sale agent!

May 12, 2012 09:21 PM #26
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