edible Jersey – Home Bakers Unite – Fighting New Jersey’s Ban on a Cottage Industry

Growing up in Brazil, Martha Rabello, who now lives in Fanwood with her husband and three young children, loved the coffee and sweets that her grandmother served every day at 3pm. After settling in the United States in 2005, Rabello attended the pastry program at Manhattan’s Institute for Culinary Education, graduating in 2009. She subsequently […]

Union News Daily – Home bakers sue state to be able to sell creations

CRANFORD, NJ — Martha Rabello used to run her own bakery. Not anymore. The Cranford mother of two was trained as a pastry chef in Brooklyn and specialized in Brazilian-inspired cookies that pair well with coffee. She rented a commercial-grade kitchen, required by New Jersey state law, but the cost was so burdensome, she stopped, halting […]

Forbes – Unlike 49 States, New Jersey Bans Selling Home-Baked Goods

After escaping an abusive relationship, Heather Russinko found herself living paycheck to paycheck. For Heather, baking became a way to recover, and bond with her son. At first, she sold her baked goods to support her son’s school fundraisers. But over time, her signature cake pops became a hit. Soon Heather started receiving requests from […]

New Jersey Herald – Franklin mom fights for right to sell home-baked goodies

FRANKLIN — For single mom Heather Russinko, the desire to fight for change started with a cake pop. “I’m a pretty decent baker,” said Russinko, of Franklin. “I have always made cookies and cake pops for birthday parties and things around the neighborhood, and when I started looking for a way to supplement my income, […]

Burlington County Times – Home bakers feel burned by NJ ban

Selling baked goods prepared in a home kitchen in New Jersey is far from easy as pie.  New Jersey is the only state to completely ban the commercial sale of food made in a home kitchen, including foods deemed not potentially hazardous, such as cookies, breads, muffins and other goods that are shelf-stable and do […]

NJ.com – Did you know it’s illegal to sell home-baked goods in N.J.?

A group of home bakers are suing to overturn a New Jersey law that says they can’t bake their cakes and make money too. A lawsuit they said they’re filing in state Superior Court seeks to “vindicate the right of New Jerseyans to earn an honest living by selling safe and delicious home-baked goods and […]