Rog and I just appeared before the Township Planning Board, which was considering our application to open a farm store in our granary this spring. The idea is that the farm store will sell our farm products (veggies, herbs, eggs, flowers, meat), my art and the work of other local artists and artisans, as well as other locally-made sustainable products and a few "profound objects" (antiques and collectibles.) We plan to be open on weekends, spring through fall.
The Township Board meets in a classic little building, the Kalmar Town Hall (it's where we vote - note the curtained voting booths in the background) and is comprised of a bunch of down-to-earth, nice guys like you might expect to live on neighboring farms. I was a bit nervous about whether our Conditional Use Permit application would be approved, but after a brief discussion, it passed unanimously. It was especially nice that a neighbor we had never met, but who had received the public hearing notice, spoke in favor of our plan.
So, our first big hurdle is over! Once we get the building wired and set up it will have to pass inspection by the Building Inspector. We have to contract for a port-a-potty. And we have LOTS of finish work, landscaping, signage, merchandising, advertising and artist recruiting to do yet. April will be crazy busy for our planned opening in May!