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Sell your own surplus

Posted on July 30, 2014 by Potter & Rest

If you’re one for growing your own and you’ve seen a bumper harvest this year, with more expected, then you may be thinking of selling your surplus produce.

Before creating yourself a tidy little side-line that could help pay for holidays, treats and Christmas, there are a couple of things you need to take on board:

There are lots of regulations about the sale of food, which range from hygiene to weights to measures and labelling. The rules do vary depending on what you’re selling and where you’re selling it, however it’s important to not take a wild guess about what you can and can’t do and to be responsible and legal.

It’s a good idea to get in contact with your council’s environmental health department as they can assist with hygiene matters and trading standards officers can help with labelling queries.

We’ve got a few helpful tips, which should get you going, but do take some professional advice before selling to the general public:

  • Meat will require higher hygiene standards than chutneys
  • Selling fruit and veggies does mean you’ll need an accurate weighing machine
  • Labelling rules are often more relaxed at the farm or garden gate than they are in a shop or online
  • Bartering is always a good way of shifting your surplus crops and getting something back that you didn’t get around to growing or making yourself.
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