Do Any Ohioans Who Operate Under Cottage Foods....

Business By jen1977 Updated 12 Jun 2008 , 7:56pm by KHalstead

jen1977 Posted 5 Oct 2006 , 4:50pm
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have any examples of what you put on your label? I do some scratch, some doctored mixes. For the doctored cake, do you copy the list from the box and add what you add to it?

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emf7701 Posted 5 Oct 2006 , 6:05pm
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if i can get it to work, i'll post my label for you. (not real good at this computer stuff) i have my dh print them out for me and i glue them to the box top. some day i'll get stickers made instead. i've only recently started labeling my cakes... i've actually been "on the fence" about whether or not to become licensed or stick with the cottage industry thing. i guess for now the cottage industry way works for me. i don't do enough business to make getting licensed worth it, imo. but for the cakes i do sell, mostly to friends, i want to be legal.

emf7701 Posted 5 Oct 2006 , 6:15pm
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ok... so i apologize for my lack of computer
my label has the foloowing on it:

1. my name, address, phone # and e-mail
2. a space to write what's in the box (a 10" round, a 9x13...)
3. an ingredients list (i list what goes into the cake as well as what goes in the icing)
4. the approximate weight of the cake
5. at the bottom of my label it says "this product is home produced"

that's what has to be on your label to be legal.

where abouts in ohio are you? it's always fun to meet others that share your interests "locally"! icon_smile.gif

jen1977 Posted 5 Oct 2006 , 6:15pm
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Thank you so much! I just want to make sure I'm doing it the proper way.

KHalstead Posted 5 Oct 2006 , 6:22pm
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awesome.......I'm gonna save this thread.........moving to Northeastern corner of Ohio soon..........(hopefully)......trying to sell my house here in Jersey!!!

jen1977 Posted 5 Oct 2006 , 7:17pm
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I am in the Dayton area (Kettering). I'm operating under cottage right now because I don't want to mess with getting the license right now, even though it's cheap and easy. Business is mostly word of mouth by others who have ordered from me, but it's slow most of the time. I'm hoping that when I register my name and get a license, I'll advertise some and business will pick up. I think we are allowed to advertise here under cottage, but I want to get my business name registered first. I'd hate to have everything made up, and someone else register it here before me.

deijha Posted 6 Oct 2006 , 3:34pm
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I use boxed cake mixes plus add other things to it, I include everything on the box label then the other stuff. I print it out on a sticky avery label and stick it to the box. I have a stamp I use for the "This product is" thingy and I tape a business card on the box. I also have a stamp that says "Please refrigerate" if it needs to be. I am staying with the cottage thing for now, I have a cat and can't get licensed with an indoor aminal. I have been to farmers markets around here and looked at the labels that the amish use, and kinda went by that, although there stuff is all from scratch I think. I haven't sold that many cakes yet, maybe if this takes off I can get licensed (my poor ole' kitty is about 16 years old and after him no more animals). Oh and I'm in Northwest Ohio.

emf7701 Posted 6 Oct 2006 , 6:00pm
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KHalstead ~

here's an early welcome to northeastern ohio! make sure you bring your winter coat! LOL probably snows in jersey though. icon_smile.gif

jen1977 Posted 6 Oct 2006 , 6:07pm
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deijha...I noticed you said you have a stamp that says Please Refrigerate...we aren't allowed to sell items that need to be kept in the fridge under cottage foods. Just wanted to make sure you know that!

deijha Posted 6 Oct 2006 , 6:11pm
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Yep Jen 1977 I know that. But sometimes in the summer, icing can start melting, so I put it on there because when I tell people that, they will remember.
"Remember its really hot today and if you are not using this til tonight, you might want to refrigerate so the icing doesn't run". Kind of a cover my butt stamp icon_lol.gif

CakeDesigns Posted 6 Oct 2006 , 6:12pm
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Thank you for the information about what to put on the label to be legal. I mostly do cakes for family and friends but I'd like to do the right thing if I sell a cake. My question is...what about the cakes that are not boxed up? For example most of my cakes are put on a mirror not in a box. And how about if I sell a wedding cake? Where do I put this information?

emf7701 Posted 6 Oct 2006 , 6:15pm
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you could probably just put all the neccessary info on a flyer and hand it to the person you are delivering to.

jen1977 Posted 6 Oct 2006 , 7:43pm
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haha...a cover your butt stamp. Cute. Too bad it would take something a little bigger than a stamp to cover my butt icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

KHalstead Posted 10 Oct 2006 , 3:33pm
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Originally Posted by emf7701

KHalstead ~

here's an early welcome to northeastern ohio! make sure you bring your winter coat! LOL probably snows in jersey though. icon_smile.gif

yeah I know..... icon_cry.gif my DH is born and raised in he has no clue about Lake effect snow!!!! icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif He thinks I'm being cute when I tell him you can get 4 ft. of snow in one night!!! LOL Oh well he'll find out soon enough!!! I actually moved to Jersey from Ohio about 5 yrs. DH's best friend and my best friend met on the internet and they introduced us.....we met, fell in love, got married, had 2 kids......and they.......well, they broke up!!! My best friend used to joke around with me and tell me that "wouldn't it be weird if the only reason her and her boyfriend met was to introduce me and my DH?" and then it really happened!! We were always waaaayyyy crazier about eachother than they were! In any case...I moved here to NJ to be with him.......and now we're moving to Ohio to be closer to my family.....and my mom is giving us a killer deal on buying her house LOL So I'm actually going to live in the house I spent much of my adolescent years in........prob. gonna be kinda weird for a while LOL

Can't wait to see DH's face......and my kids' faces when we get the first really good snow!!!! lol it does snow in jersey.....but unless there is a nor'easter........we don't get snow like in Ohio!!

emf7701 Posted 10 Oct 2006 , 5:21pm
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your dh will be in for a shock! icon_smile.gif it's supposed to snow this friday! my guess is that nothing will accumulate, just flurries in the air, but that 4ft has to start somewhere! lol thankfully we don't get as much snow in canton... we're too far from lake erie to get any of that dreaded lake effect!

btw - love your signature! amen sister! icon_smile.gif

deijha Posted 13 Oct 2006 , 3:45pm
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LOL jen1977,, it don't cover mine either.
KHalstead It will be fun to see how they handle our Ohio winters. I had a friend who moved here from Lousinana (sp). We told her she needed to go get everyone winter coats gloves boots scarves, icon_lol.gif you should have seen what she bought. Little car coats for all of them. and the pretty type stuff, nothing with any warmth to it. She just couldn't understand how it be that cold icon_lol.gif After the first hard snow hit, she went shopping again. The kids had a blast tho, first time they had ever seen snow. I hope we don't get any more ice storms like we had the last time.

StephW Posted 13 Oct 2006 , 3:57pm
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Originally Posted by KHalstead

awesome.......I'm gonna save this thread.........moving to Northeastern corner of Ohio soon..........(hopefully)......trying to sell my house here in Jersey!!!

Not sure if you heard - but we had snow yesterday! Not enough to stick, but flurries in the air.... brrrrrrrrrr.

KHalstead Posted 20 Oct 2006 , 7:09pm
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yeah I did see that..........I think we were like in the high sixties low seventies that DH was like......that's insane!!! when I told him it was snowing there LOL

KHalstead Posted 5 Jun 2008 , 6:29pm
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okay, maybe you all know this already but for whatever reason I always thought I couldn't advertise while operating under the Cottage food laws in I emailed the dept. of agriculture to find out and here's what they told me

Dear Kristina Halstead: It is perfectly okay to advertise about your Cottage Food business. Just remember that Cottage Foods are only Jams, Jellies, Fruit Butter, Candy and Non-Potentially Hazardous Baked Goods. And these products are only permitted to be sold in Ohio. They are not permitted to be sold to customers out of state. Therefore, if you use a website, you must keep that in mind.

XXXXXX XXXXXXXXX awesome is that?? All this time I thought I couldn't hand out business cards!

sambugjoebear Posted 6 Jun 2008 , 8:07pm
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MichelleM77 Posted 7 Jun 2008 , 12:36am
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Oh no!!! You've gone this long without advertising?!?! I'm glad you know now. Now get out there and pass out those cards! LOL!

KHalstead Posted 12 Jun 2008 , 7:56pm
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yep, been solely word of mouth so far.......which hasn't been too bad (just look at my gallery) I only started decorating for other people like a yr. and a half ago!! Did my first cake like 2 yrs. ago (the flower pot one in my pics) I can't imagine how busy it might get with advertising?? !!! eeeekkk!!

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