Thank you to our Governor of the great state of California, Governor Jerry Brown because in alignment with the bill’s sponsor, Assemblyman Mike Gatto, representing the 43rd District of California, Governor Brown signed AB 1616, the California Cottage Food Act into law, effective January 2013. Here is a link to the entire bill and I will be highlighting excerpts of AB 1616 as time goes on in order to educate and enlighten supporters of Yummy Tummy Farms because as a cottage food producer, we want everyone to be as informed as possible. Here is a link to the entire bill: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_1601-1650/ab_1616_bill_20120905_enrolled.pdf . I recommend looking at page 17, in bold at the top of every page, for the short list of approved cottage food products. In the interim, Yummy Tummy Farms will be working hard to understand, follow, and be in full compliance with AB 1616 which is very exciting as it opens a whole new avenue for being a small suburban farm and cottage food producer. Look for some exciting and delicious food products coming from Yummy Tummy Farms very soon!
If you feel so inclined, please take a moment and send a thank-you email to Governor Brown http://gov.ca.gov/m_contact.php and to Assembly Member Mike Gatto http://asmdc.org/members/a43/ for their hard work. Also, please consider supporting the Sustainable Economies Law Center as they did a tremendous amount of work in support of getting this bill signed into law and you can thank them and support them with contributions here: http://www.theselc.org/cottage-food-laws/
Three cheers for local food!!!