Today California governor, Jerry Brown, signed into law Assembly Bill 1616, a bill which:
"...creates a new category of food production called a cottage food operation, which, unlike other types of commercial food facilities, can be operated out of a home kitchen. The types of foods that a cottage food operation can sell are limited to “non-potentially hazardous foods,” which are foods that are unlikely to grow harmful bacteria or other toxic microorganisms at room temperature. The list of foods includes:
Baked goods without cream, custard, or meat ﬁllings, such as breads, biscuits, churros, cookies, pastries, and tortillas
Candy, such as brittle and toffee
Chocolate-covered nonperishable foods, such as nuts and dried fruit
Dry baking mixes
Fruit pies, fruit empanadas, and fruit tamales
Granola, cereals, and trail mixes
Herb blends and dried mole paste
Honey and sweet sorghum syrup
Jams, jellies, preserves, and fruit butter that comply with the standard described in Part 150 of Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations
Nut mixes and nut butters
Vinegar and mustard
Roasted coffee and dried tea
Wafﬂe cones and pizelles"
We are so stoked about this new law that will go into effect in January, for what it can portend for the group of at-risk kids we work with at Valley Girl as well as their families. Economies can open where before there were none. Food traditions can be passed along from generation to generation while creating a viable future for families with limited means or resources. Tortillas, empanadas, mole, churros...these are foodstuffs that are regularly on the tables in many homes of the kids with whom we work. What might it mean to be able to take these known flavors and translate them into an income?