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VA home bakers - I heard a rumor...

post #1 of 32
Thread Starter 
I heard a rumor that the state of Virginia has made it legal to sell cakes/baked goods out of home kitchens as long as they are labeled "Produced in a non-commercial kitchen."
I recently moved to Virginia and I think I'll only be here for a year or two. I've kind of looked into getting my kitchen licensed, but didn't really think it was worth the paperwork for such a short time. The option of selling things without licensing my kitchen sounds promising, but web searches have found nothing so far.
If you've heard anything about this, please let me know!
Thanks for any an all information!
post #2 of 32
contact the dept. of agriculture. Yes, it is legal.
post #3 of 32
Thread Starter 
Thanks. I will. I really appreciate the info.
If I were going to be here longer, I'd definitely be getting it licensed.
Thanks again!
post #4 of 32
It's not that you label it "non-commercial" kitchen, you have to clearly label it that it came from a "Non-Inspected" kitchen.
post #5 of 32
You also might need to get a business license, which is a separate process from a health inspection. Check with your county's business licensing office to find out what the requirements are. You need to collect sales tax, so you'll still need a sales tax number, etc. That can all be taken care of by going down to the county offices and trudging around from place to place for a couple of hours.
post #6 of 32
Oh wow,
congratulations you Virginians.
Wish Florida would smarten up but we are the state of stupidity.
Good Luck to all of you who get to sell from home now.

Don't forget to get that insurance to cover yourself
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post #7 of 32
Wow, that would be great! One of the reasons I didn't sign up to participate at our local farmer's market was the $60.00 fee for the ag. dept. to inspect my home. That, along with the $40.00 fee for participating in the market! I'm all for the market, and I support our local vendors, but come on! I'd have to make at least $400 for the season just to really break even and our market is small. I'll have to do some research on that!
post #8 of 32
OP, I live in Prince William County and they don't even want to talk to you about a business license for selling baked goods until you've been inspected. HTH
post #9 of 32
Personally, even if they are going to allow us to sell without being inspected, I would rather be inspected. I think it will sound much better to a potential client to be able to say that.
post #10 of 32
Thread Starter 
I contacted the dept. of ag. today and they were very helpful.

Only candies, some jams and jellies, and baked goods that aren't time or temperature sensitive can be sold to individuals for personal consumption. It must be labeled "Not for resale- Processed and prepared without state inspection." The label must also state the product, it's net weight, who produced it and the address.

Thanks for the business info. Contacting the county is the next step.

After talking to the dept. of ag., I'm considering getting licensed. I know it will take me a long time to get all of the paperwork in order...

Insurance? Can someone point me to a good thread about getting it? Or fill me in on it?

Really, I'm a SAHM and am not looking to start a "business." I've had some people ask me to do cakes and I'd just rather go about it legally.

Thanks again for all responses!
post #11 of 32
Thank you absijails for starting this. I'm thinking of maybe doing the same but just didn't know where to start or how to go about to all, nor how much will it all cost. I'm learning alot. I too am a SAHM and also a navy wife who wants to make so kind of income.
post #12 of 32
I'm in Chesapeake, Va and I'm currently in the process of getting all the stuff needed to have my home inspection done. I recieved my "Home Operation Package" last week. There is a lot of stuff to do. They also emailed me the package as well. If anyone would like me to forward it on to you I would be happy to do that. Just let me know.

Melony
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post #13 of 32
I'm actually getting ready to move to VA in early October (Fairfax). I've been doing farmers markets all summer here in Ohio and I want to keep my business going.
I would really like the information on getting inspected, I'm moving into an apartment and just wondering if that makes a difference at all.

Thanks and good luck to you all! icon_smile.gif

Kristy
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post #14 of 32
I found the inspection process to be fairly painless. I spent 2-3 evenings drawing out the kitchen and typing up my processes, recipes, and ingredients lists. I got inspected in July; still haven't gotten a bill for the $40 inspection fee.

The inspection took 60-90 minutes. She went through my kitchen (including the insides of cabinets) with a flashlight, gave me a couple of tips and pointers (mostly about printing labels), and took the cake sample with her.

State Farm can insure you for $250 a year; that's their minimum premium for a business policy.

hth!
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post #15 of 32
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Originally Posted by this-mama-rocks

I found the inspection process to be fairly painless. I spent 2-3 evenings drawing out the kitchen and typing up my processes, recipes, and ingredients lists. I got inspected in July; still haven't gotten a bill for the $40 inspection fee.

The inspection took 60-90 minutes. She went through my kitchen (including the insides of cabinets) with a flashlight, gave me a couple of tips and pointers (mostly about printing labels), and took the cake sample with her.

State Farm can insure you for $250 a year; that's their minimum premium for a business policy.

hth!



I was told by the Va. Dept Agr. I don't have to register my business name since I will be baking/decorating from my home. Also the lady I talked to said alot that's in the packet doesn't pertain to homebased bakers. Also do I have to type out every recipe I use? I mostly use boxed cake mixes.
Thanks,
Tammie
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