Thursday, March 27, 2014

Home grown AND home sold

Citizens of Denver could sell their homegrown produce and some homemade food items under a proposed change to the city's zoning code.

Backers say the initiative would improve nutrition in areas without nearby grocery stores, known as "food deserts."

"We do have neighborhoods in Denver that are food deserts, where people don't have access to nutritious foods," said Denver City Councilwoman Robin Kniech, who is spearheading the proposal.

A fringe benefit would be economic development on an individual scale. "In this economy, any chance for families to make a little extra income would be a positive," Kniech said.

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.

Read more:  denver-may-ok-front-yard-sales of home grown produce


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