LANSING (WKZO) -- Legislation designed to allow Michigan residents to purchase homemade foods from local roadside stands and farmers' markets is headed to the State Senate, after it was unanimously approved by the Michigan House.
The plan, sponsored by State Representative John Proos, lets smaller producers of things like jams and baked goods to sell them at farmer's markets without having to produce them in an agriculture-approved commercial kitchen. Proos says that the previous regulations required exactly that, and it kept a lot of entrepreneurs out of the market:
The legislation allows smaller producers to sell their homemade good as long as they're labeled properly. It sets the maximum sales at 15-thousand dollars per year, and will allow cottage food operations to sell at homes, farmers' markets, roadside stands, county fairs and town events.