Cache County making it easier for farmers to sell commodities to the public


Members of the Cache County Council on Tuesday created a new ordinance, and it is known as an agritourism ordinance. Council chairman Greg Merrill says over the last few years it has become popular for farmers to sell some of their commodities such as fruits or vegetables, or other types of commodities, yet they live in agricultural zones. 

Merrill says the only option they had was to rezone their land to commercial, which did not seem appropriate in an agricultural area.

“Our community development department,” Merrill explains, “started working with several of the individuals as well as looking at several of the agritourism ordinances throughout the area, and came up with some proposals after meeting with these individual farmers.

“We wanted to create a zone that would make it easier for them to be able to sell their products. Agritourism is becoming very popular with tourists as well.”

He says for that reason the new ordinance was generated. The vote by the council was unanimous. Merrill says he knows at least a dozen farmers already selling some of their products and he expects more will be doing so under the new zone.

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