Elsie & Fleur

If you’re big on GYO and have had a good harvest so far this year with more expected, then you may be thinking of selling your surplus.

But what do you need to know before you can turn your produce into a tidy little sideline that could help pay for holidays, treats and Christmas?

For starters there are naturally lots of regulations about the sale of food and they range from hygiene to weights and measures and labelling. The rules do vary depending on what you’re selling and where you’re selling it, however don’t just guess about what you can and can’t do, be responsible and legal and get some advice.

Your council’s environmental health department can assist with hygiene matters and trading standards officers can help with labelling queries.

Here are a few pointers to help 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 tend to be 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.

Written by Capella Rew — July 10, 2014

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