Cottage Foods Across the United States

Most states across the country have cottage food laws. These laws regulate how home-based food businesses are run. From the amount of money a food entrepreneur can earn to the types of products allowed, cottage food laws are different in every state — sometimes every county within a state. It’s important that you know what the cottage food law in your states says. 

Below is a map of the United States. Simply click on your state. Each state links to the law or rule that’s been set up for that state. Be sure to read the law or rule carefully. Have questions about your state’s law? Setup a consultation with Denay.

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About Denay Davis

ACCOUNTABILITY COACH FOR HOME-BASED BAKERY BUSINESSES

Hi! I’m Denay Davis. My cottage food story started with biscuits. As early as three years old, I can remember sitting in Mrs. Mumford’s kitchen, the woman who watched me while my parents worked, waiting for her to give me a biscuit. She would make breakfast for her hubby, always baking the most amazing biscuits.

Fast forward about six years and I was in my grandmother’s kitchen while she made whole wheat biscuits from scratch. I thought to myself, I am going to learn how to make this one day. Fast forward another 25 years and while browsing a Bon Appetit magazine I saw a recipe for whipped cream biscuits. I tried the recipe and, well, the rest is history.

My two greatest loves are baking and education. I wanted to be a teacher and I wanted to teach cooking.

Fortunately, the need to bake always took top billing. When I relocated to Cary, North Carolina in 2005 I learned about the “Cottage Food Rule;” and my life changed forever. I set off to learn all there was about cottage food operations, starting a home-based bakery, and taking my baked goods to market.

Then, my entrepreneurial spirit said, teach everyone who wants to learn to take their products from kitchen to market; and here we are!

In 2008 I created a website called HomebasedBaking.com, designed a course for the Wake County Lifelong Learning Program, Wake Public Schools on Home-based Baking (Profits from Your Kitchen: How to Start a Home-Based Bakery); wrote a book during the height of the Cottage Food movement and designed another course for the Central Piedmont Community College, Small Business Center teaching food entrepreneurship basics and cottage food rules and regulations.

Today, I run an educational blog for food entrepreneurs who operate micro food businesses that sell specialty foods locally. Cottage food operators are not only bakers but folks who make dried spice blends, candy, chocolate truffles, dog treats, jams, jellies, bread, relishes, pickles, hot sauce, pasta sauces, you name it they have crossed my path. I can honestly say, the culinary creativity in this country and around the world is amazing! I am so proud to be a part of a niche market that puts a genuine smile on the face of the people served. It is now time for you to create a cottage food story of your own.

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OMG Miss Denay has tremendously been a blessing during my rebranding process!!! Not only was I able to find items to sell that was for sure a great income for my business but I was able to find commercial kitchen space in my local area I had no idea existed! Now that’s been a 3 year search for me!! This institution helps with research on great topics to help us flourish in the food industry despite this pandemic! Miss Denay is honest and straight forward and very sincere! It’s ONLY up from here. Thank you from the top thru the bottom of my heart!

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Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT QUESTIONS DO YOU HAVE FOR ME?

WHO DO YOU WORK WITH?

I coach bakery bosses on how to start and manage their empires. Whether you’re just starting or managing an established business, I can help you take your company to the next level.

WHAT CAN YOU DO FOR ME?

I will act as your coach guiding you through the ins and outs of starting, managing and promoting your company. I am your cheerleader, when your negative side begins to creep in. I am your amen section, when you act on your great ideas. I am the one who’s there with the cheers every time you land a big customer. I am your compass, keeping you pointed in the right direction. I am YOUR coach!

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

It depends on the type of engagement you select and the duration of our engagement. However, my online courses start at $597.

WHAT WILL I NEED TO DO?

You’re going to need to do the work. We will walk through your goals and the steps you need to take to achieve these goals. It won’t always be easy and it certainly won’t be a quick fix, but I assure you, if you do the work, you can achieve your goals.

HOW LONG DO WE MEET FOR?

It depends on your goals. When we meet we will talk through the length of our engagement.

HOW DO I GET STARTED?

Use this form to reach out to me and let’s setup a quick call to chat further about your needs.

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