Bake sale online vs in person?

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    JulieB New Member

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    I'm having a bake sale and was wondering if setting
    up an online order form for pre-orders would be worth the time?
    I find there are simple web forms out there
    that total up your selections on the same page.
    Or, should I do all transactions in person.
     
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    ChesterV Well-Known Member

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    Unless you already have a popular website to advertise on, I would suggest doing it all in person.
    Especially if this is a one time thing. If it's something you plan to do on a regular basis, then looking into an online structure would probably work.
     
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    Thanks Chester, that makes sense. This might turn into a regular thing, depending on results.
     
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    Check with your state to determine if you can legally sell food from your home and online. In most states it is explicitly prohibited by legislation. Some states allow for marketing of foods produced in a home kitchen, but explicitly prohibit the actual sell of food online and/or delivery of food through any type of mail service. Some allow for sell online, but delivery must be made locally in person.

    To limit the risk of food poisoning, nearly every state enacted cottage food laws that regulate the sell of food produced in a home kitchen.

    States require food safety certification to ensure products are made in accordance with safe food standards.

    Legislation limits the types of foods to only those with a very low risk of dangerous bacteria growth. Foods produced and sold from a home kitchen must be in compliance with federal guidelines for food safety. That means all foods with a water activity of 0.85 or greater and a ph between 4.6 -7.5 are prohibited. Baked goods, including cakes, pies, pastries, containing any type of cream, custard, cream cheese, or meringue filling, icing, frosting are banned as a potentially hazardous food.

    Some states like California require both an inspection of your kitchen and a business license.
     
    Norcalbaker59, Jun 23, 2017 at 4:07 PM
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