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post #16 of 27

Yes, the Farmer's Market in Little Italy is Awesome!  But, it also is very hard to get into, especially with summer coming. One way to help increase your chances is to start at another smaller market and demonstrate that you can do well. It also is less expensive and allows you to get displays, tables/tents, signs, etc. worked out before applying to a major market. We did a post recently that might help anyone looking to sell at a farmer's market in SD County. Hoping to see more Cottage Food Operators selling at the markets everywhere!

post #17 of 27
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Originally Posted by Sandiego View Post

Yes, the Farmer's Market in Little Italy is Awesome!  But, it also is very hard to get into, especially with summer coming. One way to help increase your chances is to start at another smaller market and demonstrate that you can do well. It also is less expensive and allows you to get displays, tables/tents, signs, etc. worked out before applying to a major market. We did a post recently that might help anyone looking to sell at a farmer's market in SD County. Hoping to see more Cottage Food Operators selling at the markets everywhere!

 

Oh! look at that, a comment from the source! Glad you're here, San Diego!  icon_smile.gif

post #18 of 27

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post #19 of 27

Great info. I too am thinking of getting my permit.

post #20 of 27

Ok.. I recently found out some info about this.  There are 2 classes of permits under this bill.  Class A The simplest permit, allows you to have a home based kitchen, you file with the health dept, You are limited to what foods you can produce and sell from that kitchen.  (Non of us on this site will be limited, I think) you are limited to monthly sales of $1,000.00. But in 2015 it will go up to an annual sales of 50k.  No inspection and after that you apply with your city doesn't say what I'm assuming dba.

 

Class B -  Is a little more extensive, requires inspections, no limits as to monthly sales income, food handlers permits etc.

 

Costa Mesa is holding 1 day seminars to help with this and answer questions all in preparing to get your permit.   

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post #21 of 27
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Originally Posted by auntginn View Post

Ok.. I recently found out some info about this.  There are 2 classes of permits under this bill.  Class A The simplest permit, allows you to have a home based kitchen, you file with the health dept, You are limited to what foods you can produce and sell from that kitchen.  (Non of us on this site will be limited, I think) you are limited to monthly sales of $1,000.00. But in 2015 it will go up to an annual sales of 50k.  No inspection and after that you apply with your city doesn't say what I'm assuming dba.

Class B -  Is a little more extensive, requires inspections, no limits as to monthly sales income, food handlers permits etc.

Costa Mesa is holding 1 day seminars to help with this and answer questions all in preparing to get your permit.  

The main difference is that class A allows direct retail sales only, while class B (which requires an inspection) allows both retail and wholesale. They both have the same gross revenue limit (annual, not monthly) of $35K this year, $45K next year, and $50K/year starting in 2015. You can only produce non potentially hazardous foods, which may restrict certain types of frosting, cheesecakes, etc.

You can get more info directly from the state here:
http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/pages/fdbcottagefood.aspx
post #22 of 27

Ah.. I guess I didn't read that right.  Thanks for clearing that up.

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post #23 of 27
I'm also looking to get my class A permit, one Queston I have is do I need to rent a kitchen? Or is it ok from my home kitchen as long as my products/utensils are stored separately . I've seen the checklist for my county (FRESNO)but it's not clear on the kitchen part.
post #24 of 27

I live in central California, and I thought the whole process was super easy.  However, I was one of the first people to get a permit in my county, so it may be a little more difficult now. 

post #25 of 27
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Originally Posted by SaraLee08 View Post

I'm also looking to get my class A permit, one Queston I have is do I need to rent a kitchen? Or is it ok from my home kitchen as long as my products/utensils are stored separately . I've seen the checklist for my county (FRESNO)but it's not clear on the kitchen part.

To qualify for a cottage food permit you are actually required to use your home kitchen, if you rent a commercial kitchen you would need a more traditional permit from the health dept.
post #26 of 27
Oh ok thank you!
post #27 of 27
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Originally Posted by Donnawb View Post

I live in central California, and I thought the whole process was super easy.  However, I was one of the first people to get a permit in my county, so it may be a little more difficult now. 
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