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Brownwood homegrown business reaps benefit of changes in state law

Published On: Dec 24 2013 04:17:58 AM CST   Updated On: Sep 04 2013 08:27:34 AM CDT

Changes in the Texas Cottage Food law could mean recipes for success for some homegrown bakeries.

Leslie Krischke of Brownwood said she started her own baking business, Leslie's Pies, right from her own home almost a year ago, last November.

New provisions in the Texas Cottage Food law came into effect a few days ago on Sept. 1, 2013. They're giving Krischke an opportunity to expand her business. 

"We're now allowed to sell candies and fudge, anything with nuts or coated nuts, which we couldn't do before. Now we can also set up shop at Farmer's Markets, or municipal or county fairs and festivals," Krischke said. Before, she could only sell from home.

Krischke said she will look into selling her products, which consist of pies, muffin baskets, and breads, at the local Farmers Markets.

Her husband Matt said he is happy to see his wife do what she loves to do. "It's really neat to have the opportunity to take a hobby and turn it into something that's a little more profitable." 

According to the Texas Cottage Food law website, baked goods that are non-perishable and do not require refrigeration are permitted to be sold. Cottage food producers cannot make more than $50,000 per year from their sales. They can deliver their goods but cannot ship them or sell over the internet.  

Also, cottage food producers have until January 1, 2014 to obtain a food handler's card. To do so, they need to take a Food Handler's/Safety Training course, which can be done online. Visit www.texascottagefoodlaw.com for all of the details.