If customers don't like it, they don't have to buy.
Mr Cookson said he decided to set up the small stall at the end of his drive so the fresh vegetables from his garden did not go to waste, labelling bags of them with prices, and relying on the honesty of passers-by to leave cash in a piggy bank.
He said: "It is not a business, just a way of offering vegetables to others and preventing them going to waste. The vegetables are bought by people going to and from the local pub. If customers don't like it, they don't have to buy."
Last weekend he received the letter from Northumberland County Council informing him that a trading standards officer had visited the stall, and informing him that "most fruit and vegetables are required to be sold by weight". It was accompanied by four pages of guidance on the rules governing weights and measures, setting out the European Union requirements.
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