OLYMPIA — A Senate bill that would increase the maximum gross sales for cottage food operations passed unanimously in the Senate.
Under this legislation, maximum annual gross sales for cottage food vendors, those who sell items made in home kitchens, would increase from $15,000 to $25,000.
In 2011, the Legislature passed a law that allowed food business owners to sell a limited amount of items made in home kitchens with a cottage food license from the state Department of Agriculture. Previously, vendors were required to make items in a commercial kitchen or a food processing plant.
If a cottage food operation exceeds maximum annual gross sales, the vendor must either get a food processing plant license or end operations. Cottage food vendors also are required to sell items direct to consumers, either from home or at venues such as farmers markets.
For more information on the Cottage Food License, http://agr.wa.gov/FoodAnimal/CottageFoodOperation/