Lemonade Stands and the Law

Lemonade stands and the cottage food law are in the news. Click here to find out the truth about the cottage food law and how it relates to lemonade stands (hint: not at all). 

2015 Texas Legislature


The 2015 legislative session was a bust for local foods.  Very few bills of any significance to local food producers were passed. The "Home Processors" bill that would have allowed retail sales and expanded allowable foods did not even get a committee hearing. 

We'll be back in 2017 to try again!

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Prior to 2011, in Texas, selling any food from your home kitchen made you an illegal "food establishment" in the eyes of DSHS, even if you operated on a very small scale selling low-risk foods like baked goods.  You could not legally sell homemade food.  

A group of dedicated home bakers changed that in 2011.

SB 81 was signed into law by Governor Rick Perry on June 17, 2011, and the law was expanded in 2013 by HB 970.

Come and Bake It
Now available - 24 lab-tested recipes for icings, fillings, and more, so you can be confident that you're selling non-potentially hazardous food. A MUST for every baker operating under the Texas Cottage Food Law!  Click here to find out more!

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