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Learn how to start a food business from your home kitchen by hearing stories from cottage food entrepreneurs about how they grew their businesses from the ground up. Does everyone ask for your recipes, or say "You should sell that"? Have you dreamed of starting a brick-and-mortar bakery, or simply want a fun hobby that brings in some extra dough? On this podcast, David interviews a wide range of entrepreneurs across America who legally sell their homemade food via their state's cottage food law. Each episode reveals strategies for marketing and selling your food products successfully from home, online, at farmers markets/events, and in stores. Learn what steps you should (or shouldn't) take, and get your cottage food business off to the right start!

Learn how to start a food business from your home kitchen by hearing stories from cottage food entrepreneurs about how they grew their businesses from the ground up. Does everyone ask for your recipes, or say "You should sell that"? Have you dreamed of starting a brick-and-mortar bakery, or simply want a fun hobby that brings in some extra dough? On this podcast, David interviews a wide range of entrepreneurs across America who legally sell their homemade food via their state's cottage food law. Each episode reveals strategies for marketing and selling your food products successfully from home, online, at farmers markets/events, and in stores. Learn what steps you should (or shouldn't) take, and get your cottage food business off to the right start!

Location:

United States

Description:

Learn how to start a food business from your home kitchen by hearing stories from cottage food entrepreneurs about how they grew their businesses from the ground up. Does everyone ask for your recipes, or say "You should sell that"? Have you dreamed of starting a brick-and-mortar bakery, or simply want a fun hobby that brings in some extra dough? On this podcast, David interviews a wide range of entrepreneurs across America who legally sell their homemade food via their state's cottage food law. Each episode reveals strategies for marketing and selling your food products successfully from home, online, at farmers markets/events, and in stores. Learn what steps you should (or shouldn't) take, and get your cottage food business off to the right start!

Language:

English


Episodes

No Stopping, Keep Popping with Payshee Felt & Steve Bivans

9/28/2021
You know those kettle corn vendors you see at fairs that pump out mass quantities of popcorn, and make it live on-site? That's what Payshee Felt and Steve Bivans now do (except in a not-so-generic way) in St. Paul, MN with their popcorn business, Payshee's Popcorn. But they didn't start that way. They actually used their cottage food law to prepackage dozens of bags of homemade popcorn for their local farmers market each week. And they did that from home for two years before they were...

Duration:00:59:51

Family, Freedom, & Pie with Kourtney Rojas

9/14/2021
In 2011, Kourtney had romantic ideas about starting a pie business and selling at the local farmers market. But life (jobs, family, kids, etc) got in the way and it wasn't until 2019 that her dream became reality. Kourtney Rojas lives in Anaheim, CA and sells fruit pies, chess pies, and other pastries with her cottage food business, With Love, From Scratch. After 8 years of selling pies sporadically to family and friends, she finally decided to turn her pie hobby into a real business. She...

Duration:00:58:34

The Self-Taught Supermom with April Spencer

8/31/2021
Running a successful custom cake business is a lot of work. Running a popular Etsy shop is also a lot of work. And taking care of young kids full-time is definitely a lot of work. Meet April Spencer, who has managed to do all three AT THE SAME TIME! April is a cake decorator and sugar artist who lives in Harrod, OH and sells impressive custom cakes and lollipops with her cottage food business, Spencer's Sugar Shop. In addition to running a very successful custom cake business from home,...

Duration:00:58:39

Small Is Beautiful with Eric Sorensen

8/17/2021
Eric Sorensen's home bakery business may be small, but that doesn't mean it's insignificant! Eric lives in Pullman, WA and sells homemade bread, bagels, and pretzels with his cottage food business, Clumsy Crow Baking. Unlike most bakers, Eric doesn't sell throughout the year, or even throughout the summer. Instead, he takes frequent sailing trips for a month at a time, and only boots up the baking business when he's back home. And when he returns, his customers are ready! He started...

Duration:00:57:15

The Resilient Baker with Justina Rucinski

8/3/2021
In 2019, Justina Rucinski was sexually assaulted in her home in Burlington, IA when a supposed client came to pay for a cookie order. That traumatic event not only forever changed her life, but has also changed cottage food laws around the country. Justina now lives in San Antonio, TX and continues to sell custom decorated cookies and cakes with her cottage food business, SweetEms. After her horrific experience, she came very close to shutting down her business. But with massive support...

Duration:00:54:35

Launching A Keto Bakery From Home with Sari Stevenson

7/20/2021
Most food businesses go to a lot of effort marketing their products to customers, but not Sari! Ever since Sari Stevenson opened The Keto Bakery Box in 2018, the demand for her products has been relentless. In that first year, she often had lines of customers waiting at her home to pick up their orders! She started her business under California's cottage food law, but she hit the $50,000 sales limit in less than a year, at which point she transitioned from her home kitchen to a commercial...

Duration:00:48:53

Chocolates That Almost Sell Themselves with Anne Reist

7/6/2021
Anne's chocolates certainly make an impression! It's easy to see why her truffles instantly captivate potential customers. Anne Reist lives in Holladay, UT and sells hand-painted chocolates with her confection business, The Chocolate Palette. Anne built her business from her home kitchen using Utah's cottage food law (not their food freedom law), and recently expanded by building a commercial kitchen into her home. Through mostly word-of-mouth marketing and a very strong brand, she has...

Duration:00:59:55

Blending Coffee & Business with Jim & Crystal Whitmarsh

6/22/2021
A few months before Jim & Crystal Whitmarsh were expecting their first child, they started roasting coffee beans at home with a $20 popcorn popper. At that time, little did they know what their new hobby would grow into! Jim & Crystal live in Kasson, MN and sell small-batch roasted specialty coffee with their business, Trail Creek Coffee Roasters. They initially leveraged Minnesota's cottage food law to start and grow their business from home, and after a couple of years, they moved into a...

Duration:00:57:50

Putting Yourself Out There with Beverly Clutter

6/8/2021
It all started with a Facebook page. Back in 2018, Beverly Clutter decided to start showcasing her decorated cookies on social media, but she had no idea that it would soon turn into a business! Beverly lives in Fairmont, WV and sells custom decorated sugar cookies, cakes, and other baked goods with her cottage food business, WV Cookie Jar. At the recent national cottage food conference, Beverly earned the top spot on the leaderboard as the most active attendee (out of 900+ attendees), and...

Duration:00:50:29

Turning Up The Heat with Nathan & Nicole Parchman

5/25/2021
The Parchmans weren't trying to start a cottage food business. Back in 2012, little did they know that their small garden of tomatoes and peppers had the seeds for so much potential! Nathan & Nicole Parchman live in O'Fallon, IL and sell salsa, pickles, and sauces with their business, Nitro Family Foods. After strong demand from family, friends, and (sometimes) complete strangers, they started selling "Nitro Salsa" at their local farmers market in 2019. And they haven't looked back...

Duration:00:57:39

From Part-time Hobby to Full-time Bakery with Jennifer Jacobs

5/11/2021
As a successful TV producer, Jennifer Jacobs never thought she'd run her own business someday. But as coworkers discovered her delicious desserts, her baking hobby started turning into a little business back in 2013. And now that little home business is booming, with customers sometimes lining up down the street to get her baked goods. Jennifer sells custom cakes, cookie sandwiches, and other baked desserts through her brick-and-mortar bakery, the Wandering Whisk Bakeshop, in Pinellas Park,...

Duration:00:59:15

How To Build An Instagram-worthy Food Business with Safeera Inayath

4/27/2021
When Safeera Inayath immigrated to the United States from India back in 2010, she had never baked a cake in her life. Now cakes ARE her life, and she has over 10,000 Instagram followers! Safeera lives in Prior Lake MN, and sells custom cakes, macarons, and other baked goods with her cottage food business, Sugardust & Sprinkles. Aside from creating amazingly elegant and high-end baked goods, Safeera's food photos really stand out. Her photography looks truly professional, even though she...

Duration:00:52:59

From Sugar Geek to Online Influencer with Liz Marek – Part 2

4/13/2021
With over 300,000 followers, Liz Marek has become very well-known in the cake decorating community! She lives in Beaverton, OR and teaches beginner and advanced bakers how to craft amazing custom-decorated cakes through her online business, The Sugar Geek Show. Liz began her cake decorating business as a side job just 13 years ago. After running that business from her licensed home kitchen for many years, she started winning cake competitions and making more of a name for herself. Liz has...

Duration:00:53:31

From Sugar Geek to Online Influencer with Liz Marek – Part 1

3/30/2021
With over 300,000 followers, Liz Marek has become very well-known in the cake decorating community! She lives in Beaverton, OR and teaches beginner and advanced bakers how to craft amazing custom-decorated cakes through her online business, The Sugar Geek Show. Liz began her cake decorating business as a side job just 13 years ago. After running that business from her licensed home kitchen for many years, she started winning cake competitions and making more of a name for herself. Liz has...

Duration:00:49:29

Go Big AND Go Home with Debbie George

3/16/2021
We often hear the same entrepreneurial advice: Start simple. Start small. Start a side hustle. Don't throw all your eggs in one basket. But when Debbie George started her custom decorated cookie business, she threw caution to the wind and took the opposite approach: go big or go home! Except that Debbie pulled off the rare feat of going big AND going home! At the beginning of 2020, she started her cottage food business, Cookie Mill, from her home kitchen in Gilbert, AZ. For starters, she...

Duration:00:55:39

Crushing It With Caramel Corn with Kathy Sing

3/2/2021
Kathy Sing started her caramel corn business 7 years ago, thinking it would just be a fun hobby for about a year or so. Well, here we are 7 years later, and Kathy's Kernels in Visalia, CA is definitely not a hobby. Kathy is busier than ever, and she did almost $50k of sales last year! Kathy's treats would sell very well at farmers markets and local events, but unlike most cottage food entrepreneurs, she skipped over those and went straight into selling through retail stores. After just...

Duration:00:53:49

Dads Can Cake Too with Jeremy Davis

2/16/2021
Jeremy Davis is no ordinary dad! On top of working a full-time job and helping his kids with their homework, activities, etc, he runs his lucrative custom cake business, Designed By Daddy, from his home in Charlotte, MI. But that's not all. Last year, Jeremy went from being a longtime fan of Food Network competitions to actually participating in one, and then winning it! Then he appeared on Good Morning America, and now he will be back on the Food Network in a couple weeks (March 1st, 2021)...

Duration:00:59:45

Bold Branding & Even Bolder Spice Blends with Jennifer Knox

2/2/2021
As a creative writer and published poet, Jennifer Knox was never in it for the money. But when she made $6,000 in one weekend from selling her salt blends, she knew she was on to something! Jennifer sells unique, preservative-free spice blends with her business, Saltlickers, which she runs from a commercial kitchen in her home in Nevada, IA. Jennifer's branding is fearless and unforgettable. Each of her salt or sugar blends have a creative product name like Das Bigfoot, Queen of Tarts, or...

Duration:00:57:21

From Breast Cancer Battle to Busy Baking Biz with Lisa Petrizzi-Geller

1/19/2021
In 2013, after many months of breast cancer treatments, Lisa Petrizzi-Geller began experimenting in her home kitchen. She started with cake pops, but quickly expanded to chocolate-covered Oreos and other types of treats. "It was kinda like therapy for me", Lisa says. Apparently the therapy worked! Fast forward 8 years later, and now Lisa runs POP Culture, a successful food business in Berkley, MA that is based out of her residential kitchen. Over the years, Lisa has sold her treats at all...

Duration:00:52:05

How To Start An Eco-Friendly & Socially Responsible Cookie Business with Barry Sherman

1/5/2021
For Barry Sherman and his life partner, Scott, their cookie business is about a lot more than the cookies! Since 2018, Barry and Scott have run their eco-friendly and socially-conscious cookie business, Urban Bakers, in Tampa Bay, FL. Initially they started from home due to Scott being diagnosed with early onset of Parkinson's Disease, but they quickly expanded to a commercial kitchen. Their dense quarter-pound cookies are very unique. They come individually-wrapped in compostable bags...

Duration:00:51:38