At Berkeley’s Cottage Food Market, ‘Homemade’ Means Homemade

On a recent Saturday evening in Berkeley, eight vendors set up tables inside the Firehouse Art Collective’s hangar-like event space to sell homemade food items, which ranged from chocolate chip cookies to jars of mustard and jam. Before January 1, such an activity would have been illegal. But thanks to the passage of the California Homemade Food Act, the Bay Area Homemade Market gives fledgling business owners the opportunity to present their products to the general public.

The one-of-a-kind Bay Area event geared strictly toward homemade (or “cottage”) foods debuted on March 16, and the third market will take place at the Firehouse Art Collective (3192 Adeline St.) on Saturday, May 25, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is by donation (on a $1 to $5 sliding scale), though no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

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