Davie paves way for cottage food businesses

Bring on the jam and apple pie….

DAVIE—

Bring on the jam and apple pie.

Davie residents can now bake and sell from home without worrying about food safety inspections by the state.

The Town Council voted 3-2 Wednesday to allow residents to operate “cottage food” businesses out of their homes. Davie officials decided to lift the town’s ban on such businesses after the Legislature eliminated state licensing requirements for them last year.
Residents can make and sell breads, rolls, biscuits, cakes, cookies, candy, pies, jelly, jam, dried fruits, cereals, trail mix, pasta, dried fruits, herbs and seasonings, vinegar and popcorn.

But there’s a catch.

Under state law, you can’t make more than $15,000 a year or sell to stores and restaurants. You also can’t sell over the Internet or take mail orders.

State law lets people sell goods directly from their homes, but Davie is not allowing that.

Davie residents will have to sell their products from a roadside stand or farmers’ market or deliver them to the customer.

Cooks will have to use labels telling buyers the product was not prepared in a kitchen subject to the state’s food safety regulations.

Mayor Judy Paul backed the plan along with council members Caryl Hattan and Marlon Luis.

Council members Susan Starkey and Bryan Caletka voted no.

“There’s always one rotten apple that will ruin the rest,” Caletka said, referring to Davie’s requirement that products not be sold directly from the home. “Some of these businesses will have people come to the home. They can’t, but there is going to be some of that. And it’s going to be a nuisance to the neighbors.”

Some cottage foods are not allowed. Here’s what can’t be sold: fish or shellfish products; fresh or fried meat or meat products including jerky; canned fruits, vegetables, vegetable butters, flavored oils, hummus, garlic dip and salsas; canned pickled products such as corn relish, pickles and sauerkraut; raw seed sprouts; baked goods that require any type of refrigeration such as cream, custard or meringue pies and cakes or pastries with cream cheese icings or fillings; milk and dairy products including hard, soft and cottage cheeses and yogurt; cut fresh fruits or vegetables and juices made from fresh fruits or vegetables; ice and ice products; barbecue sauces, ketchup and mustard; and focaccia-style breads with vegetables or cheeses.

For more information, go to freshfromflorida.com/fs/CottageFoodAdvisory.pdf or call 850-245-5520.

sbryan@tribune.com or 954-356-4554

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