Want a low cost food business startup - try a farmers market first.
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With almost 8,000 farmers markets nationwide, farmers markets are a low cost way to launch your food business. For a few hundred dollars you can test your products with customers who will actually pay you while you are testing!
No fancy packaging, slotting allowances or advertising is needed here. You also speak directly to your customers and get that instant feedback so important during the early stages of a food business.
Also this is the time of year you should start thinking about farmers markets, particularly in northern climates where the season maybe 4 to 5 months.
So here is a primer on Starting and Growing Your Food Business at Farmers Markets