I have been making and canning jams and jellies, pickles, and other items for a few years now. I have been generous with my products and the happy recipients always tell me I should sell them. Well this year, my fair state of California passed a new law that makes selling some of my handiwork possible.
I speak, of course, of Assembly bill AB 1616 which became effective January 1, 2013. Basically, the bill allows you to use your home kitchen to prepare some food items for sale to the local public. They call this kind of business a Cottage Food Operation, (“Oh, a cottage! How charming. A little cottage is always very snug.”)When I found out about this I was certainly excited and began to research the possibilities now opened up to me.
The first thing I looked at was the approved foods list. I wanted to know if the things I wanted to make were approved. Yes! Jams, jellies and fruit butters were on the list. I was surprised and somewhat inspired by the different items on the list. But, I’ll start small and add to the product lineup in the future.
Peach-Jalapeno Jelly and Spiced Peaches
My research into Cottage Food Operations and starting a small business (and blogging) continues. I have a product and a name and I’m moving forward.
I have always wanted to write a great story. The first problem I always come up against is knowing what to write. The second problem I run into is switching to edit mode before I’ve finished, this usually leads to the death of whatever great idea I may have had. I’ve lived a few years now and I think perhaps I have enough experience to share. Blogging seems the most reasonable format to begin. So here I go.
I was kicking around ideas for the name of this blog for a few days. My first few ideas weren’t available. I was glad I could come up with something someone else thought was cool too, but I was also frustrated. And then, one night I woke up with the name, Practical Providence. I think it was a divine inspiration.
I looked up the word, Practical, and for an adjective it is really action focused. Pertaining to, consisting of, involving or resulting from action or ordinary activities, business, or work; designed for actual use or engaged or experienced in actual work are all included in the definition. The word, Providence meanings include a manifestation of divine care or a prudent management of resources or foresight.
Perhaps I’m unique in my fascination with the English language, but I really like what this portends for the future of my blog.