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bodger

Farm Gate Sales

I've touched on this before. I'm not thinking of a farm shop or anything as grandiose as that but we live on a fairly busy touristy road and I'm wondering about selling a some of the produce that we produce here on the holding. I,m thinking about things such as eggs, eating and cooking apples in season, possibly rhubarb and one or two other items.

Taking this a little further, somewhere down the line I could also be looking to sell cider and apple juice. I know that this would be a little more complicated, with problems such as 'farmhouse cider licences coming into play but basically, everything would or could be produced here at a very leisurely pace.
As you drive around the countryside you see lots of farms with roadside signs for produce, do people forsee any problems in us doing the same ?

Farmers advertise spuds, do you  think I'd be allowed to sell things like apple trees etc as long as they were grown on site ?
bullcross

My 10 year old niece sells eggs from the farm yard, she's quite a few chickens and even has a regular egg round now
confused

I reckon in no time at all you would have regular buyers, i reckon you would have no problems with apple trees, strawberry plants, etc , one of my best wee earners was i picked up 26 leaking plastic beer kegs, i made them into strawberry barrels last year, sold 4 for a £5 each, i was left with 22 i planted them up with runners this year , and i've sold the lot for £15 each!! it cost me £35 for the compost, i just wish i had more barrels!
Bags of farmyard manure are good seller , almost any plants that can be grown on in pots from cuttings, i reckon when you start looking that there is a load of "free" stuff that can be turned into a couple of quid.
bodger

Got loads of that.  Even thought of an advertising slogan " You know what on your doorstep"
freckle

I'm not sure there are any definate rules about selling on the gate-would love to be pointed in the right direction if there are.  Cider would be complicated re licencing and we have thought about manure but where do you stand re having to have a licence to store manure now and to cart it away?  If you're selling it you are obviously storing it...  But then who checks up on all these things?  You can't call your products certain things unless you have the correct approval or certification etc (organic, free range etc) but who ever checks?!  Trees would be fine I would think, plants etc no major problems.  Only problem I forsee is the loss through thieving!! We have had a lot of stuff taken recently and I am mightly p'%&"d off about it-produce and money.     Aside from making people come to the house-which is time consuming and loses you some custom as people don't want to have to have an exchange!!-or sitting at the gate with a big gun and a menacing grin I'm not sure what you can do.  I have written an angry and slightly abusive sign and haven't had anything taken since so we shall see......
Captain_Dingbat

I know a sign I'd like to hang on my field gate...

'Remember those big Sentry automatic machine guns on Aliens? We have a couple staring at you right now.....'...

Eschra

Bear in mind any issues if they come 'on site' as you may potentially needed public liability insurance. Any accident/injury could otherwise backfire on you.

However the farm about 500 yards down road, has a road side stall which is permanently set up on side of road and open at regular times each week and is very popular with regulars as well the busy passing traffic, the ability to pull into the drive prevents cars blocking traffic or causing unintended accidents - with a bit of planning I think it's a fantastic idea
Bazzer

One place round here used to have Free Horse Manure and sold bags at £1 each.
I think the rules about selling produce are a lot more stringent on allotments than working off your own land. Most restrictions seem to come in when you actually go into the wholesale/retail food chain and C&E get a tadge miffed if you start distilling your apple juice.
Bluebell

Selling at the gate

We consulted the planners about selling at the gate from our land.  There is no problem if you are selling home grown produce.  However, technically, you are not supposed to sell items that you have bought elsewhere - otherwise it becomes a shop and then you may need planning. Whether or not anyone would notice of course, probably depends on what you are selling and where you are situated.  You can also erect a sign to advertise your produce as long as it doesn't exceed a certain size. The advice about public liability insurance is good though in this day and age.  We have taken it out just in case.
Bluebell
bodger

Thanks for all your information. I think that farm gate sales are going to be a definate possibility for us.  All that we've got to do now, is to make sure that we can produce a good product at a price that people are prepared to pay. Simple really isn't it ?
Christine

Yes bodger it's ever so simple.    It's the customers that are the problem.  
Seabird

freckle wrote:
I'm not sure there are any definate rules about selling on the gate-would love to be pointed in the right direction if there are.  Cider would be complicated re licencing and we have thought about manure but where do you stand re having to have a licence to store manure now and to cart it away?  If you're selling it you are obviously storing it...  But then who checks up on all these things?  You can't call your products certain things unless you have the correct approval or certification etc (organic, free range etc) but who ever checks?!  Trees would be fine I would think, plants etc no major problems.  Only problem I forsee is the loss through thieving!! We have had a lot of stuff taken recently and I am mightly p'%&"d off about it-produce and money.     Aside from making people come to the house-which is time consuming and loses you some custom as people don't want to have to have an exchange!!-or sitting at the gate with a big gun and a menacing grin I'm not sure what you can do.  I have written an angry and slightly abusive sign and haven't had anything taken since so we shall see......


How about a sign saying they're being watched on CCTV?
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