Letter writer: Are agritourism businesses responsible?

Graphic by Lori Deaton

I enjoyed the article on the rise of “agritourism,” [“Field of Dreams: The Rise of Agritourism in WNC,” Aug. 24, Xpress] but your correspondent neglected to get down in the dirt of this innovative farming.

Are these entrepreneurs operating within the law? Do they have the required permits, licenses and insurance? Are they collecting sales tax and properly declaring their added income? Are their kitchens inspected?

If so, I commend them; if not, they are merely charming scofflaws. And it’s not just victimless minor crime; I remember when a neighboring farmer back in Indiana picked up a few bucks doing hay rides until twins girls were crushed to death by the tractor.

— John Kemper
Goose Creek, S.C.

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2 thoughts on “Letter writer: Are agritourism businesses responsible?

  1. Big Al

    These are questions that should be asked of ALL businesses.

    Why do you assume agritourism would be any less ethical than other business categories?

  2. Negrodamus

    Negrodamus say: “Man with no life grows jealous of his neighbor and gives him sour grapes to eat.”

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