Value-added Products and Cottage Food
Adding value to farm products is one potential way to increase farm income. For example, some urban farmers sell dried herbs, jams, jellies, pickles and other products. Californians can now produce some low-risk items in their home kitchens, thanks to a recent law, AB 1616-Food Safety: Cottage Food Operations, passed in 2012. It’s important to check in with your county’s public health department to find out how cottage food operators are certified in your county, but general guidelines for California are available here. For food items not covered by this law, it may be necessary to seek out a licensed commercial kitchen. Space at or occasional use of commercial kitchens is sometimes available for rent. Non-food items are generally subject to fewer restrictions.
UC Small Farm Program
CA Dept. of Public Health