Let’s talk cottage foods.
The Cottage Food Industry has been my calling for 10 years. Unfortunately, many aspects of the cottage foods industry have remained obscure because we don’t talk about it. When I first learned about cottage foods I was living in Cary, North Carolina back in 2005. I wanted to sell baked goods at the Raleigh Farmers’ Market and ended up selling my baked goods in the “Craft” area. Bakers were rarely taken seriously, shocker, right?
Fast forward a few years, and the Raleigh Farmers’ Market now has a designated area for cottage foods. In fact, the future of cottage foods is looking bright. Starting a cottage food business is like dipping your toe in the water and assessing whether the temperature is right for taking your product from kitchen to market. It’s all about learning before you leap.
About Cottage Foods
Recently, I spoke with Jennifer McDonald, of the Institute for Justice. Her new report offers an artful look into the wonderful world of cottage foods. Take a look. Flour Power: How Cottage Food Entrepreneurs Are Using Their Home Kitchens to Become Their Own Bosses.
Flour Power takes a real deep dive into the Cottage Food Industry. The report examines who CFO’s (Cottage Food Operators) are and why they are important. We would love to hear your thoughts and if you are a cottage food operator share your story. It’s time to support one another and gain the respect we deserve as serious contributors to the food industry.
Jennifer McDonald is a research analyst at the Institute for Justice. She conducts original social science research as part of the strategic research team.
Jennifer McDonald, Research Analyst
Institute for Justice
Phone: (703) 682-9320
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