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Home-grown goodies

(article, Culinate staff)

Small-batch food businesses are the latest trend, says Food & Wine. Think artisanal chocolates, specialty jams, and pickled you-name-it. According to the magazine, these homespun companies are taking off as “more and more home cooks go pro.”

While we haven't seen any hard numbers indicating that this is a growing trend, it does seem like there is an ever-growing number of artisanal food products on the market — not to mention online. Food & Wine’s story includes a handful of resources for the budding entrepreneur (including DIY recipes, should you need an idea to get you started).

There have also been positive reports lately about increases in small-business lending. So if you’ve been thinking about taking your lavender-infused whipping cream to the next level, maybe now’s the time.