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'Texas Baker's Bill' opening new doors for home-grown bakeries

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In 2011, Texas lawmakers passed a bill making it legal to sell certain homemade food from home like cake or cupcakes that don't require refrigeration...jams, jellies, that sort of thing.

Home-grown bakeries definitely felt that was a step in the right direction. But it still wasn't quite good enough...until now.

Austinite Jade Browne is pretty darn good at making macarons.

She got so good at it, earlier this year she decided to start her own business.

"I'm an artist, so they're really like little pieces of artwork to me," Browne said.

She calls her home-grown baking business "Bon Bon Macarons."

But Texas cottage food law has made it difficult for home-grown bakers like Jade to really get their names out there. That's because up until now you could legally only sell home-made baked goods from your home. You couldn't take them to a farmers market or county fair.

Governor Perry just signed House Bill 970. So starting September 1, bakers like Jade will be able to take their business out into the world.

Not everyone is on board with the idea of buying home-made food because they don't know where it's been.

"I probably wouldn't buy it. Yeah, I mean I guess to each their own, but I probably wouldn't buy it. I want to know first what's in it and how safe the kitchen was you know," said Tracy Ingalls.

Others just don't care.

"If I'm hungry, I'm gonna eat it. And especially if it's from Austin, it will probably be good," said Dylan Cruz.

Browne says if anyone has any doubt how clean her kitchen is...come look.

"They're more than welcome to come in and check it out and see how clean it is themselves. I don't know how other people are but for me, that would be fine. If they wanted to come in and look and make sure that way they're more comfortable, that's totally fine with me," Browne said.

Jade's husband Ryan runs the Bon Bon website. He says one part of the cottage food law that hasn't changed is the fact that they can't actually sell their product online.

"You can place an order online but you cannot actually do a checkout. So you can pick 'okay let's say you want 4 different macarons, 2 different flavors.' You can pick how many you want, when you want to place the order, when you want to pick it up...but you can't actually check out," Ryan said.

But that doesn't stop Jade and Ryan for being excited for their future.

"It'll just be nice to be able to get my business out there and once they all know about me I can open a store front hopefully, eventually," Browne said.

In addition to what we just talked about, the new law also expands the list of food this applies to. Now, home-grown bakers can sell things like candy and roasted coffee as well.

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