Friday, March 28, 2014

Denver may OK front-yard sales of home-grown produce, eggs, honey

Courtesy of The Denver Post
Citizens of Denver could sell their homegrown produce and some homemade food items under a proposed change to the city's zoning code.
The amendment would allow residents to sell from their homes uncut fruits and vegetables, whole eggs, and home-prepared food products such as jellies, jams, honey, teas, herbs, spices and some baked goods.
Amending the zoning code would put Denver in conformance with the Colorado Cottage Foods Act, a bill passed by the state legislature in 2012. The legislation allowed commercial sales of food prepared in home kitchens. Previously, those foods had to be made in commercial kitchens. Arvada and Wheat Ridge have similar ordinances.
"It's intended to be very neighborhood-centric," said Sustainable Food Policy Council co-chairwoman Shannon Spurlock. "It's a good way to increase healthy food access and to promote economic development. More people growing their own food is always a positive thing."

By Steve Raabe
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