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Do I need a license to start a roadside vegetable stand, selling items from my garden?

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A number of states prohibit the sale of any agricultural products without a license. Contact your local government to see whether it has those restrictions and, if so, how to apply for a license.

Also speak with a commercial insurance broker, as this kind of activity may be considered "business activity" not covered by your homeowner's insurance. For example, if you sell someone a putrid pepper and he or she becomes gravely ill and sues you, you want to be sure you're protected.
Nina Kaufman

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Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. is an award-winning New York City attorney, edutainer and author. Under her Ask The Business Lawyer brand, she reaches thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners with her legal services, professional speaking, information products, and LexAppeal weekly ezine. She also writes the Making It Legal blog.