"Local business have a rough time of it, I think," she said. "People need to come out and support them. If we don't, they're not going to be here anymore and we don't want that. That's why we're here - that and we're going to have corn for supper."
In order to sell produce on the roadside legally within a city, potential vendors typically must apply for a "peddler's permit." High said obtaining a permit in St. Albans is as simple as stopping by City Hall and paying a one-time fee.
Valerie Rucker of the St. Albans Public Works Departments said the permits, which can vary from city to city, allow vendors to operate within city limits for one year.
Applicants must fill out a municipal license application and show two forms of identification. The size of the fee required depends on the size of the vehicle the vendors want to sell out of. For vehicles under a half-ton, the fee is $15, for vehicles between a half-ton and 1 ton, its $50.
"They just allow you to operate within the city limits," Rucker said. "But not on private property or parking lots within the city limits unless they ask the property owners for their permission."
Rucker said vendors are required to pay business and operation taxes to the city, but do not have to charge customers sales tax.
High said vendors operating outside city limits don't have to go through the process.
"If you're out some other place and you're not within a city or any kind of jurisdiction like that, as long as you're not creating a road hazard, you can set up without any real license," he said.
Darrell and Shannon Danbury operate a stand just down the road from High's. Darrell is a professional auctioneer by trade, but he and his wife have been selling produce for the past 11 years to make extra income.
They sell a mixture of produce from their own garden and produce brought from farmers in Gallipolis, Ohio, and Columbia, S.C.
Darrell said that roadside businesses offer a service that will always be in high demand with customers.
"Everybody wants fresh, local stuff and they're going to come regardless," he said. "Everybody's got to eat. Food is like toilet paper - everybody's got to have it."
Contact writer Charles Young at charles.yo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1796.
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