So I am trying to start up my own home bakery/cake decorating business from home. I live in Fairfax County VA, and from everything I understand about the law, it is perfectly legal for me to do so in my County and the state. I also know that I don't even need to be inspected by the state so long as I don't make anything that needs to be refrigerated and clearly label that they come from a non-inspected kitchen. Ideally, of course, I would love to be licensed by the Dept. of Ag, but I'm not sure if I would actually qualify. I rent my home and therefore cannot make any big changes to it. My kitchen isn't large, but it actually has doors on its entry point, but not latching doors, just french shutter doors. I also have two dogs and a toddler. There is a doggie door in the door in the kitchen, but I could theoretically keep the dogs out of the kitchen while I'm making stuff. Does this situation even seem like a possibility of working out? Any advice from bakers, specifically VA bakers would be greatly appreciated.
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7/26/12 at 10:11am