I plant to grow vegtable plants and vegtables for sale next season. Anyone know if there are any extra forms to fill out with the state or county? I have been growing perennials, roses, and shrubs and get a yearly visit from the county.
Andy, You will probably have to check locally to find the rules for your particular area. Where I am in Texas you have to have a nursery license to grow and sell vegetable plants, and get inspected annually, but nothing to sell the actual vegetables. Go figure? I assume just selling the vegetables makes one a common farmer here in Texas! :)
Typically perennials need a license at least in Michigan. Other plants get inspected for disease and any other pest by the MDA.
Your info would be found here.
Thanks. Anyone else grow vegetables? Any tips on storage ect?
I have sold vegetables commercially, and canned vegetables for my family, for over 35 years. One of the huge problems when you have a successful crop is that you have to sell it really quick as the shelf life for many vegetables is really short unless you have adeqaute cold storage which is another subject all to itself considering the cost of electricity currently. :) I've tried staggering vegetable crops in the past at my location but because it gets so hot so soon in late Spring and the fact we may have a unusually early freeze in Fall one crop per season has worked the best in my case.
The Packer puts out a book each year on veggies... It will tell you the proper storage temp, est. shelf life, and all the other standards a producer needs to know. I have ice machine and walk-in cooler and tend to lean to those crops that use my infrastructure to the max.. i.e. broccoli, collards need ice to hold, salad mix and arugula use the walk-in the most and are easy sale to chefs. I use the six row planter from Johnny's to make full use of the ground space in the greenhouses.... www dot jakesfarm dot com
Of course it depends where you live. I see from your profile, you live in Ohio. Every state is different, so check with your state Dept. of Agriculture to see what you need to do.
In Texas, if you're only selling vegetable seedlings, you do not need a nursery license or a sales tax permit, since you don't need to collect sales tax on vegetable seedlings. They are considered food, and therefore, no sales tax is collected. If you want to sell plants other than vegetable seedlings, then you need a nursery license.
Thanks for the advice
Here is my short list:
Bean Kentucky Wonder Green
Bean Garbanzo (Chick Pea)
Brussel Sprout Catskill
Caper (Capparis inermis)
Eggplant Black Beauty
Onion Red Zeppelin
Pepper Cayenne Long Red Thin
Pepper Thai Hot Slim
Pepper Baby Yellow Miniature bell
Squash Cocozelle Zucchini Bush Compact Italian
Squash Eight Ball F1 (Zucchini)
Squash Waltham Butternut
Tomato Mortgage Lifter
Tomato San Marzano
Tomato Rainbow Blend - Wide color range of heirlooms, red, yellow, black, orange, bicolors
Gettin the seeds from http://www.ivygarth.com/