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The Forrager Podcast for Cottage Food Businesses

The Forrager Podcast for Cottage Food Businesses

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Learn how to start a food business from your home kitchen by hearing stories from cottage food entrepreneurs about how they grew their businesses from the ground up. Does everyone ask for your recipes, or say "You should sell that"? Have you dreamed of starting a brick-and-mortar bakery, or simply want a fun hobby that brings in some extra dough? On this podcast, David interviews a wide range of entrepreneurs across America who legally sell their homemade food via their state's cottage food law. Each episode reveals strategies for marketing and selling your food products successfully from home, online, at farmers markets/events, and in stores. Learn what steps you should (or shouldn't) take, and get your cottage food business off to the right start!
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Mark Elvidge shares how he and his wife started Vermont Nut Free Chocolates from home in 1998 and built it into an international brand with over 1,000 wholesale locations and constant growth each yearGet full show notes and transcript here: https://forrager.com/podcast/112
Monique Germaine of Nashville, TN shares how she built and rebuilt her cottage food bakery in 3 different states, plus a crazy commercial food business journey that got her products into big retailersGet full show notes and transcript here: https://forrager.com/podcast/111
Michelle Dukes of Penfield, NY shares why she shifted her business model after 10 years of running a cottage food bakery, while keeping focus on the most important aspect of her business: having funGet full show notes and transcript here: https://forrager.com/podcast/110
Shupan Abraham of Lawrenceville, GA shares how her cottage food bakery transformed once she hired a coach, and what she's learned about putting herself out there and marketing her business effectivelyGet full show notes and transcript here: https://forrager.com/podcast/109
David Bock of Altadena, CA runs a multifaceted honey business that specializes in rescuing honey bees, and he shares local marketing tips that helped him build an email list of 3,500+ subscribersGet full show notes and transcript here: https://forrager.com/podcast/108
Jessi Deily of Helena, MT sells macarons and custom-decorated meringue cookies with her cottage food business and shares her journey from struggling artist to successful baker and TikTok influencerGet full show notes and transcript here: https://forrager.com/podcast/107
Eric & Denise Steilberger of Ocala, FL sell their homemade fudge all year long and share how the lessons they learned from running a cafe in Alaska helped them build a successful cottage food businessGet full show notes and transcript here: https://forrager.com/podcast/106
Kristyn Suemnick of Murrieta, CA shares how her discovery of sourdough bread led to building a thriving home bakery that allows her to stay at home with her kids and better connect with her communityGet full show notes and transcript here: https://forrager.com/podcast/105
Megan Shonka of Papillion, NE shares the highs and lows of her home-based bakery journey, the importance of being involved in her community, and her plans to expand into a brick-and-mortar storefrontGet full show notes and transcript here: https://forrager.com/podcast/104
Angela Awunor of Glenn Dale, MD shares how she moved her thriving custom cake business from a commercial kitchen into her home, and how she maintains work-life balance with two full-time careersGet full show notes and transcript here: https://forrager.com/podcast/103
Denae Spiering of Bridgeville, DE shares how she realized her long-time dream of building a brick-and-mortar bakery despite life getting in the way and pausing her cottage food business for many yearsGet full show notes and transcript here: https://forrager.com/podcast/102
Deanna Martinez-Bey of Wake Forest, NC is a multi-faceted food entrepreneur and shares her experience in building a cottage food bakery, writing books, managing social media, and running pop-up eventsGet full show notes and transcript here: https://forrager.com/podcast/101
In this very special 100th episode, previous guests come back on to share an update of what's changed since they were last on the show, what's surprised them, and what they've learned along the wayGet full show notes and transcript here: https://forrager.com/podcast/100
Nancy Chang of Oakland, CA sells healthy soups with her home-based micro-restaurant and shares how her mother's battle with cancer inspired her to provide nourishing food to those facing health issuesGet full show notes and transcript here: https://forrager.com/podcast/99
Stephanie Wiley of Whitefish, MT shares how the tragic loss of her son inspired her to start a cookie business, which she has quickly grown by seeking help from others and investing in the businessGet full show notes and transcript here: https://forrager.com/podcast/98
Tamara Ketchian of Orange, CT sells gluten-free vegan granola and shares how she's gone from stay-at-home mom to starting a cottage food bakery to now scaling her business with a commercial kitchenGet full show notes and transcript here: https://forrager.com/podcast/97
Jana LaViolette of Clovis, NM shares her incredible journey from cottage food to food truck to storefront, and how she overcame many obstacles by constantly trying new things and never giving upGet full show notes and transcript here: https://forrager.com/podcast/96
Robert & Paula Grosz of Murray, KY share how they built a thriving jam & jelly business that allowed them to quit their jobs by focusing on quality, listening to customers, and scaling their businessGet full show notes and transcript here: https://forrager.com/podcast/95
Susan Ting of Needham, MA shares how quitting her corporate job and facing burnout led her to start a cottage food bakery where she sells very unique and high-end gluten-free mochi dessertsGet full show notes and transcript here: https://forrager.com/podcast/94
Janna Newcomb Walworth of Choctaw, OK has rapidly grown her cottage food business selling freeze dried candy, fruits, veggies, etc, and shares why she doesn't think this trend will end anytime soonGet full show notes and transcript here: https://forrager.com/podcast/93
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