The Forrager Podcast for Cottage Food Businesses

The Forrager Podcast for Cottage Food Businesses

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Start A Food Business From Your Home Kitchen


Engineering A Successful Home Cakery and Food Truck with Patricia Bedford
Aug 4 • 44 min
Patricia Bedford lives in Pflugerville, TX and mainly sells cupcakes and cakes with her cottage food business, Suga’s Cakery. Patricia actually has an engineering degree and worked as an engineer for 10 years before she completely changed course and…
Baking A Difference with Kathy Cherie
Jul 21 • 44 min
Whether it’s putting a smile on an ill child’s face, delivering a stunning floral wedding cake, or contacting state legislators to change the law, Kathy Cherie is always baking a difference in her community. Kathy lives in Elk Grove Village, IL and has…
Being Productive in Retirement with Joanne Littau
Jul 7 • 48 min
Most people run a business to make a profit, but Joanne is not too worried about that aspect of it. Rather, she cares much more about supporting her community and having fun in retirement! Joanne Littau lives in Denver, CO and has been selling jams,…
Selling Honey & Supporting A Cause with Dr. Christine Bertz
Jun 23 • 48 min
When Dr. Christine Bertz started beekeeping, she didn’t care if she made any money from it. In fact, her main motivation was to support pollinator conservation efforts. But now, only three years in, her honey business is blossoming and she is having…
The Cookie Cutter Queen with Tina Karnath
Jun 9 • 47 min
When it comes to creating custom decorated cookies, Tina is very prepared. She owns a plethora of cookie cutters (including over 500 just for Christmas), and amazingly, she is always looking to buy more! Tina lives in Saginaw, MI and has run her popular…
Selling Spicy Peanuts in Breweries with Kevin Martino
May 26 • 28 min
Kevin Martino started his cottage food business, Chef Kev’s Specialty Foods, when California created its cottage food law in 2013. He wholesales flavored peanuts to a number of breweries and hardware stores in Concord, CA, and also sells online. Kevin was…
From Bread Factory to Artisan Home Bakery with David Kaminer
May 12 • 48 min
For David Kaminer, sourdough bread is a way of life. After graduating from culinary school and spending 15 years working in commercial bakeries and restaurants, he built a pizza oven into his kitchen and opened Raleigh Street Bakery in Denver, CO in 2015.…
Wholesale Strategies That Work with Sonia Chang
Apr 28 • 47 min
Sonia Chang never planned to start a food business, but now she has two of them! Sonia lives in Pasadena, CA and runs a granola cottage food business called Cali Granola (formerly named Chef Sonia’s Granola By The Handful). After successfully selling her…
How to Improve Your Cottage Food Law with Erica Smith
Apr 14 • 37 min
Erica Smith, who works for the Institute for Justice, is a major advocate for the cottage food industry. She and her team have worked with dozens of cottage food businesses to spearhead many of the recent cottage food and food freedom law improvements…
How To Live On What You Make with Lisa Kivirist
Mar 31 • 50 min
Farmer, baker, author, law advocate, speaker, mother, podcaster, entrepreneur… Lisa Kivirist wears many hats! She and her husband, John Ivanko, run a B&B ecofarm in Wisconsin, and co-authored the most popular book for the cottage food industry: Homemade…
From Home Kitchen to Pie Shop in Under 2 Years with Diana Shockley
Mar 17 • 52 min
Have you ever dreamed of opening a brick and mortar bakery someday? So did Diana, the owner of I Love Pie in Carmichael, CA. But she never thought her dream would come true so soon! After selling at the farmers market for a year and a half, her pie…
From Lawyer To Boozy Baker with Dawn Belisle
Mar 10 • 45 min
Dawn runs a home bakery near Atlanta, Georgia called Delights By Dawn, where she specializes in alcohol-infused desserts. In 2014, Dawn left her lucrative career as a trial attorney to pursue baking full-time, and quickly became known for her cupcakes…
Selling Homemade Desserts for 17 Years with Lauren Cortesi
Mar 3 • 42 min
What is it like to run a home bakery for 17 years? That is what Lauren Cortesi shares with us on this episode. Lauren lives in Pennsylvania and started Bella’s Desserts in 2003. In addition to running her cottage food business, she occasionally teaches…
How To Start A Cottage Food Business From Your Home Kitchen
Feb 25 • 27 min
If you are thinking of selling your homemade food, then this episode is for you! For this inaugural episode of The Forrager Podcast, I decided to give you a crash course on the first things you need to know to start a cottage food business. You’ll learn…