One of the best things about owning a homestead is having extra food that you can sell. It’s just one of many ways you can make money homesteading. However, it’s not as simple as throwing some food in a bag and trading it for cash. If you’re not careful, you could get sued or even imprisoned.
I have mixed feelings about all the rules and regulations handed down by the FDA. For example, there have been cases where SWAT teams with body armor and automatic weapons descended on farmers markets. Why? To arrest people for selling raw milk. Treating people at farmers markets like they’re drug lords is both absurd and abhorrent.
On the other hand, raw milk can be dangerous as it could contain harmful bacteria like Salmonella or E. coli. (But surely they could have sent a few police officers instead of a whole SWAT team!) So what should the government do? Allow “buyer beware” and risk countless people getting sick from contaminated food, or force vendors to get licenses and purchase expensive equipment (such as commercial pasteurizers)?
However you feel about this issue, the fact of the matter is we live in a world where the government decides what you’re allowed to do. So if you don’t want to pay huge fines or end up in jail, you have no choice but to fall in line.
So what got me thinking about all of this? I recently read an article by Deborah Niemann of The Thrifty Homesteader. It appeared on Homestead Honey, and it’s a really great read if you’re interested in selling food from your homestead.
She talks about why it’s important to familiarize yourself with the laws, and offers some helpful advice on how to protect your assets. Follow the link below to read it.