Hi! I noticed the new thread with states that will or won't allow home licensed home kitchen.
There is no information on Delaware - can anyone fill me in on Delaware. I think it's a no...but always like to check up in case something has changed!
Thanks in advance!
I was searching for the same thing, and this is all I've found so far (see #3). I know you asked this question quite a while ago...if you've gotten more information since, let me know!
Go Small Wonder!
Ok, found the letter I sent/emailed last year...will need to make some modifications. Will repost a new copy when I've modified it. Suggestions from anyone for what to add? Delete? Change??? Open to suggestions...
Dear Delegate ______,
I am writing to ask for your support of HB 728, entitled Public Health - Sale of Baked Goods - Home Kitchens. This bill will allow home bakers to sell non-potentially hazardous food from their home kitchens to individuals for individual consumption. HB 728 allows for additional tax revenue for the state, fulfillment of supplier and consumer need, and commercial parity with our neighboring states. Among many other reasons the bill should be passed, three main reasons to support this bill follow:
1. Increased revenue with negligible cost.
Legalized home kitchens will have to adhere to the state food tax on all products sold, providing increased revenue base for Maryland. Furthermore, the home baker would be responsible for paying for the costs associated with opening a food establishment business: application fee, permit fee, and trade name fee.
2. Fulfillment of supplier and consumer need.
For many bakers, opening a legal bakery is a catch-22: they want to know if they will have a customer base before spending resources to open a legal kitchen, but they must open a commercial kitchen to legally sell their products. In turn, many home bakers turn to illegally selling products from their residential kitchen. For these home bakers, the opportunity to prove to their clientele that they are legally recognized by the state would be a real boon to their business. Given that home bakers average a small quantity of goods each week and many are already operating, the impact on commercial bakeries should be minimal.
Similarly, many consumers have a desire to purchase home made products from a local neighbor, and a legal certification would help consumers make better informed decisions. It would also support the growing movement for Marylanders to buy locally produced products, something which, in this economy, would benefit many of your constituents.
3. Parity with neighboring states.
All four of Maryland's neighboring states--Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia--allow for the sale of food from home kitchens. Having a similar law will enable Maryland to remain commercially competitive with its neighbors.
Thank you for your support of HB 728.
Sweet Town, MD