Witches take many different forms, and are found in all cultures. Whether it is bruja or kahuna, baba or shaman, there have always been wise womxn healers. And as long as there have been witches, they have been persecuted for bucking strictly defined gender roles. For daring to gather and commune away from the watchful eye of men. For using folk wisdom and knowledge of medicinal plants to practice healing outside of the patriarchal medical establishment. For remaining unmarried or being economically self-sufficient.
Historically, all of these were reasons to be accused of witchcraft! Whether we are being drowned or burned at the stake, locked up for hysteria, or gas lit, a “witch hunt” is always for the purpose of shutting down an inconvenient womxn.
This shows that there nothing more threatening to the toxic establishment than knowledgeable, communities of healers, empaths, and powerful transgender, non-binary, womxn. One of the things we can do to build our power is to keep gathering together, keep trusting our instincts, and keep developing our skills. Personally, I’m invested in continuing to uplift the Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), transgender, non-binary, and queer witches. Because even as white cis hetero women struggle compared to white men, the burden on our greater QT BIPOC community is even more formidable and deadly.
To reclaim the word and image of the witch is to reclaim the right to trust my intuition, gather with other wise BIPOC trans, femme, womxn, learn about healing plants, and resist gender roles for which we have historically been persecuted. Food is a sacred part of my healing practice.
“These products are homemade and not subject to state inspection.”
You’ve probably seen this required text on my products and on this website. I am required to make this statement visible if I’m going to sell pickles, under the Cottage Food Laws in Minnesota. This post should provide some additional information about Cottage Food Laws in Minnesota.
What are cottage food laws?
These laws allow individuals to produce and sell certain “nonhazardous” food items made in their own home kitchens, and sell directly to individuals at Farmers Markets, online, or from their homes.
Cottage Food Law in Minnesota has changed sections of current legislation under MS 28A.15, specifically, subdivisions 9 and 10. This new law affects all persons selling food formally under 28A.15 subdivisions 9 and 10, and persons starting business on or after July 1, 2015. (See the Resources section for the statute.)
- Cottage Food Law only applies to individuals, not businesses
- Cottage food producers are required to register with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA)
- Cottage food producers are required to take a food safety course once every three years
- Cottage food producers are required to register with MDA each year
- Only applies to preparing and selling only NON-potentially hazardous food (list in Resources section) with an equillibrium pH of 4.6 or lower
- Food labels include name, address, date produced, and the ingredients, including potential allergens (Eggs, milk, wheat, tree nuts, peanuts, soy ingredients, fish, shellfish)
- “These products are homemade and not subject to state inspection.” Must be posted wherever sold
- Sell and deliver food directly to the ultimate consumer
- Sell from a private home, at farmer’s markets, community events, or on the Internet
- Sell less than $18,000 in a calendar year (If you sell between $5,000 and $18,000 dollars per year a $50 fee applies to your registration)
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