Selling VegetablesPosted by on Monday, September 19th, 2011
One of the things I rant about in my book is illegal gardening. Of course, the gardens themselves are not illegal (usually), but selling the vegetables usually is illegal. Most of the time this is selectively enforced, but it is illegal. To sell vegetables on a roadside stand is typically a violation of zoning codes as well as health regulations (since the food was not inspected). To me, this is outrageous. But, maybe it’s just me.
When I was first married, I lived in DeSoto, Illinois. This is a small community in Southern Illinois. During the summer, I could expect to see a large hay wagon pulled into a local parking lot with a family full of kids selling sweet corn. There were four our five of them and I never saw their parents around. They had a banjo and some other musical instruments. Everyone bought corn from these kids. I doubt if anything’s been done about it, but I’d be willing to bet that it is illegal.
A disabled man in Ohio recently learned that he was breaking the law by selling his vegetables from his yard. City code dictates that all home businesses must be conducted inside the dwelling with no business taking place outside. This poor man has Crohn’s disease, pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. He’s trying to stay busy and be productive. But, rules are rules.