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post #1 of 36
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Are there any other bakers out there "Home based or Commercial" who would like to see Kentucky change their cottage food law. I live in a rural community and we only have 1 Bakery. They are so busy they have to turn people away. Also there are several things they "don't do" that a home based bakery could.

 

I could go on and on about the advantages of getting this law changed. Seniors wanting to supplement there social security is one, stay at home moms who might could use a few extra dollars, hobbiest who just want to support their habbit. Revenue it would bring to small towns. The list can go on.

 

thoughts ?

post #2 of 36
The best thing you can do to get a CFL passed in your area is to meet with your state representatives, in person preferably, with a clear cost/benefit analysis.
post #3 of 36
Thread Starter 

I plan on doing that armed with all the data I can find from other states as well as a proposed plan for Kentucky. I guess I just need to find more Kentucky bakers to help me get this done. I cant be everywhere. So if we are going to get this done we need bakers from all over the state helping the cause. I am more than willing to meet with them and share my research. I would like at least 500 signatures on a petition to go along with all the data so the reps will see that there is a want/need for this law to change.

post #4 of 36
Thread Starter 

Am I the only one in Kentucky who wants to see this changed ???

post #5 of 36
Where are you located in Ky?

I did all the work, and spent $17,000 to have my kitchen, but I could've done it for less. The worst was the plumbing, for $4,000. It took 7 years of saving up, restoring a credit rating to buy a house, and then doing the work. It is very rewarding. Before I had my kitchen, I did do cakes in my home kitchen, and can't imagine doing that again! I love having the 2 separate kitchens!

I was a divorced mother of 3 when I started saving, and only made $18,000 a year, and little to no child support.
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post #6 of 36
It only takes one person to make a difference. If your state rep agrees to take up the bill and the numbers make sense it may not need a grassroots lobbying effort to pass, especially considering how many other states are pushing through new CFLs.

Even just getting local support by canvassing within your district will help make the case to your rep. Common sense is on your side here, once people find out about health dept restrictions for small businesses they usually think they are too restrictive.

Do you have a centralized group for evangelizing, e.g. a web site or FB group?
post #7 of 36
Thread Starter 

not yet, I have to make a change in my personal life real quick before I go full throttle publicly with my case/cause. :)

post #8 of 36

I would love for the law to be changed there are no bakeries in my area at all and I can't afford to purchase a business space and the law is to restrictive for me to sell from my home.

post #9 of 36
The law in Kentucky is that you have to grow the product to process it in your home. Such as growing strawberries to make strawberry jam in your home. I suppose you would have to grow wheat and sugar cane to make cakes out if your home in Kentucky!

It is free to ask around to see if you are able to use someone kitchen, for a fee. It is only cost prohibitive to pay overhead if you aren't charging a decent amount for your cakes. The going rate in northern Kentucky is $3-5 a serving.
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post #10 of 36
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I would love for the law to be changed there are no bakeries in my area at all and I can't afford to purchase a business space and the law is to restrictive for me to sell from my home.

Since you're not too far away from Cincinnati you may want to look for commercial kitchen rentals or incubators closer to the OH border, this would also give you easier access to a much larger market.
post #11 of 36

I'm not that far from Cincinnati but driving to and from Ohio every day is not cost effective at all any more I would have to triple the cost of my cakes to pay for the kitchen and gas.

post #12 of 36
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I'm not that far from Cincinnati but driving to and from Ohio every day is not cost effective at all any more I would have to triple the cost of my cakes to pay for the kitchen and gas.
what is the cost of your cakes? And where are you located?i
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Originally Posted by JLynne93 View Post

I would love for the law to be changed there are no bakeries in my area at all and I can't afford to purchase a business space and the law is to restrictive for me to sell from my home.

Since you're not too far away from Cincinnati you may want to look for commercial kitchen rentals or incubators closer to the OH border, this would also give you easier access to a much larger market.
Where does it actually say that she is not far from Cincinnati? I see she confirms it, but I don't see the original quote.
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post #14 of 36
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Where does it actually say that she is not far from Cincinnati? I see she confirms it, but I don't see the original quote.

Location: Fiskburg, KY
post #15 of 36
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Where does it actually say that she is not far from Cincinnati? I see she confirms it, but I don't see the original quote.


Location: Fiskburg, KY
Ah, I am on my mobile. It doesn't show up on here. Thank you.
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