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Roadside market up front costs?
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Michele in VA    Posted 03-15-2004 at 21:00:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have tons of watercress growing in the spring out back of my house. If I put a sign up on the road "watercress for sale," would the tax man be on my back? or the Department of Transportation? i've never been in business for myself before.

Ron/PA    Posted 03-16-2004 at 07:16:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here's a stupid little fact RE: your stand.
In my little berg of Hooterville, you can put up the stand and sell your produce with no permit at all. That's covered in one sentence in the book.
Now then that sign you want to put up, that takes up at least 6 pages and is wayyyy more complex!

deadcarp    Posted 03-16-2004 at 05:51:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
sometimes it's best to take the bull by the horns. My buddy got tired of waiting for the county so he built himself a new lumberyard. A local roofer didn't agree with the city's new rule about removing all old roofing before hanging metal so he sent his crew in, did what he'd agreed to on the church and was gone the next day. The city decided the cost of litigating this infraction wouldn't save anything. IMHO it's a stoopid law anyway. :)

I'd hang a sign, go to it, keep records and let the bureaucrats file all the papers they want. Granted they don't deserve consideration but why put them out of work? That's all they're qualified for anyway. If they had any brains they'd be selling watercress! lol

Clipper    Posted 03-16-2004 at 04:26:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Watercress? Mebbe local restaurants would be innerested in buying what you have....under the table of course.A few phone calls can't hurt to find out...:^)

Dieselrider    Posted 03-16-2004 at 04:05:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Check it out with the county you're in and find the right answer to your question. The local laws and rules vary so much from state to state and county to county that it will be hard for those here to give you true answer. Some of the points brought up are good but, you may just be able to put up a sign and sell or you may have to jump through legal hoops that make it cost prohibitive. Whether the answer ou want or not get it straight from the local extension office or govt. Good luck.

Fern(Mi)    Posted 03-16-2004 at 04:13:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
We've put up a sign what we produce. Anyone driving past may makeup their own minds wheather their intrested and drive in if they should be interested.
We deal in wholesaling or prouduct. Saves a lot of buraeucratic paper work.

Dieselrider    Posted 03-16-2004 at 04:33:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Excellent idea!

Willy-N    Posted 03-15-2004 at 22:36:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
They would love to get a peice of the action and control what you do. You can get away with it for a while but the wrong person will drive by some day and ask for your Health Dept Papers and shut you down. Then they will want a business licence so they can tax you, insurance in case some one trips while on your property buying something so they can't take your home over it. Mark H.

buck    Posted 03-15-2004 at 21:21:38       [Reply]  [No Email]

Know a Va. fellow that spent a little time in the iron bar motel for putting up a "Catfish for Sale" sign so make sure that watercress ain't got no grawfish or minners hooked to it. Hum selling watercress-what is this world comming to? You have fun now.

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