I am about to undertake the new project of responsibly foraging herbs/foods and growing micro-greens to generate income.
I have the benefit of living on a wonderful island of abundance, right next to a large city- my goal is to find good market prices for direct restaurant sales by getting this conversation going, and helping others get on track if they want to take this wonderful route of bringing in monies.
I will be foraging stinging nettle, ramps, mushrooms, and more things as the season changing, and my focus will be on spicy micro-greens.
In the Pacific Northwest, it is my surprise, that I have heard you do not need a permit or license to forage and sell if it is your own land- but it differs with parks and recreational areas.
I am still trying to work out pricing- as far as I have come up with nettle gets around $9/#, ramps $16/#, fiddleheads $18/# - any suggestions welcome.
I am under the impression that sometimes restaurants will offer a going rate they already pay to others that may distribute to them, as well...?
Do you need a permit or license where you are? How much are the going rates and for what? What are things do you go after?