Fountain Valley Girl Asked to Get Permit, License for Gourmet Lemonade Stand

Sep 7, 2016 by

Fountain Valley Girl Asked to Get Permit, License for Gourmet Lemonade Stand

A Fountain Valley girl who has had some success with a gourmet lemonade stand has been asked by health officials to get a license and a permit for her small business.

Anabelle Lockwood sells her gourmet lemonade in Fountain Valley on Aug. 27, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

Anabelle Lockwood sells her lemonade in Fountain Valley on Aug. 27, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

The paperwork, along with upgrading to a commercial stand, will cost about $3,500 and Anabelle Lockwood’s family has set up aGoFundMe page to help with the expenses.

Anabelle started selling “The Loco Lemon” in June after her father built the stand for her 10th birthday, according to the GoFundMe page. The drink comes in classic or pink, but also includes gourmet flavors like peach, blueberry ginger and watermelon.

“I always wanted to have a lemonade stand. All my friends were talking about it and I thought it was a good idea,” Anabelle told KTLA.

She tried selling the lemonade at her townhouse complex, but she got a letter from the homeowner’s association saying the stand was a “safety hazard.”

After relocating to different spots, her lemonade sold out every day, according to the page.

A sign shows the different flavors offered at Anabelle Lockwood's lemonade stand. (Credit: KTLA)

A sign shows the different flavors offered at Anabelle Lockwood’s lemonade stand. (Credit: KTLA)

As her popularity grew, she also drew some unwanted attention. Orange County health officials have agreed to issue a permit, but on the conditions that she upgrade her cart to get it up to commercial standards, gets liability insurance, a business license, a deposit and an hourly or monthly fee for use.

“This isn’t just another business venture… it’s becoming a life lesson for a young ambitious entrepreneur,” the GoFundMe page says. “She will be able to do so much more in the community as well as at charity and school events to help others. She’s extremely passionate about her business, and we are so proud of her for creating something that so many others can enjoy.”

Anabelle and her family were given 30 days to get the proper documents to run the stand full-scale.

In the meantime, they have had to turn down a wedding, corporate events, movies in the park and church events until they get the proper paperwork.

They are still allowed to sell in residential neighborhoods and inside private homes.

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Jerry Seinfeld And His Family Have Become The Latest Victims Of The War On Lemonade.

Aug 27, 2015 by

Jerry Seinfeld And His Family Have Become The Latest Victims Of The War On Lemonade.

You’ve all probably heard this story many times before. Some local kids, with the help of their family, come up with the great idea of setting up a lemonade stand in order to raise some money to take their father to the water park, earn a few extra bucks, or raise money for a charity. They go out, and get all of the supplies. They make some fresh lemonade. They set up a stand, and they wait for the first customer. In doing all of this, they are getting a great lesson on entrepreneurship. But then, just as their newly created business gets rolling, reality hits. The police show up, and inform them that they can no longer sell lemonade, because they have not jumped through the hoops that the government has put in place, which usually consists of paying hundreds or even thousands of dollars, and even kitchen inspections. Yes… all this for a kids lemonade stand.

This time, the story has a lot of similarities to all of the rest. It includes a family, with kids, lemonade, a stand, the dream of earning some money for a charitable cause, and then some cops show up to break up the “illegal” activities that are being committed. But this time, the story has a twist. The family that was selling lemonade was none other than Jerry Seinfeld’s family.

According to, “East Hampton Village Police Chief Jerry Larsen said police received a complaint about illegally parked vehicles at the location of the lemonade stand. At the scene, an officer advised the Seinfeld family that village code does not permit lemonade stands on village property. The village prohibits all forms of peddling on its property.”

Jerry Seinfeld’s wife, Jessica, runs a charity that focuses on providing families under financial strain with clothing, gear and services, and has donated 16 million items since its formation. All proceeds from the Seinfeld’s lemonade stand on August 18th, went to that charity, Baby Buggy. But despite the good deeds, and the charitable actions by the Seinfelds and their customers that day, the East Hampton Village Police still felt the need to shut down their lemonade stand.

Jessica posted the photo to her Instagram account.

“Lemonade dreams crushed by local neighbor, but not before raising lots of money for @loverecycled,” wrote Ms. Seinfeld in the caption. “Thanks to all of our customers and big tippers! Thanks, Xander and Jaden, for crushing it today with Julian and Jerry.”


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Another Lemonade Stand Shutdown in Texas- Permits will cost $150. Kitchen Inspection Required.

Jun 9, 2015 by

Another Lemonade Stand Shutdown in Texas- Permits will cost $150. Kitchen Inspection Required.

Andria and her sister Zoey of Overton, Texas wanted to take their dad to Splash Kingdom for Father’s Day, but they needed money to do that. So, like so many other kids with their entrepreneurial spirit,  they decided to set up a lemonade stand in front of their house to make some money. Everything was going well. They were selling lemonade for 50 Cents per cup. At this point, the two girls made approximately $27. Until a local police officer came by, and told them that they had to shut it down because they didn’t have a permit. (haven’t we heard this story so many times before). This is when their mother, Sandi Downs Evans attempted to get a permit for her two children to sell lemonade. She found out that the permit would cost them $150. So, she went down to the local bureaucrats and attempted to buy a permit, only to discover, that she could not get a permit there. They informed her that she would need to go to the county, and that the process would take days, because she would also be required to have her kitchen inspected

…for a children’s lemonade stand.

This is not the first time, that a children’s lemonade stand has been shut down. You can find more cases of this government overreach here, here, here, and here, just to name a few.

Currently, there is a war on children and a war on lemonade stands. We need to stand up for this normal childhood activity that many parents and grandparents have been participating in for ages.

Adults and children alike should not be required to pay for permission to sell goods to willing consumers. Hopefully these children will “fight the government”, like one of them said in the video below. We need more strong kids like these two who are willing to take a stand for what is right. I would love to see their community fully support them. This weekend, it would be great to see a sea of lemonade stands across their community, town, city, and state in support of these kids. If anyone wants to organize an event in the Overton, TX area, or anywhere else for that matter, please contact me, and I will be more than happy to assist.

We need to stand up for our rights and our future generations.

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Cops Threaten Kids For Shoveling Snow Without A Permit

Jan 28, 2015 by

Cops Threaten Kids For Shoveling Snow Without A Permit

You have probably heard of the stories about local police and governments that have been cracking down on kids who participate in positive and productive behavior such as selling lemonade or cookies without a permit. (Here, here, here, here, Heck, there are too many to keep track of),  Now, there is a new “crime” that these “benevolent” governments and “protectors of our freedoms” have set their sights on: shoveling snow without a permit.

Yup. That’s right. According to this article, two High School seniors, Matt Molinari and Eric Schnepf, fom Bridgewater, NJ decided to go out and make a few bucks by shoveling snow for their neighbors. Similar to selling lemonade, this is an act that most of us probably participated in when we were young. Shoveling snow for a few bucks is beneficial to all parties involved. It provides a valuable service to the customer, and in return, the boys receive money for their hard work. It’s a win-win. Can’t argue with that. Right?

Wrong. While it is a win-win for the young entrepreneurs and their customers, there is however, a group of busy-bodies who don’t like it when others participate in the long-lived practice of voluntarily exchanging goods and services with one another. So, this group of busy-bodies write arbitrary laws and then tell their enforcers (the police) to go out there and enforce their arbitrary policies. That is exactly what has happened to these two young entrepreneurs. That’s why, in Bound Brook, NJ, anyone selling goods and services door to door must apply for a license that can cost as much as $450 for permission that is valid for only 180 days. Nonprofits are exempt from the fee but must still apply for a permit.”

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In regards to this incident, one Bound Brook, NJ resident posted on the Bound Brook NJ Events‘ page: “Are you kidding me? Our generation does nothing but complain about his generation being lazy and not working for their money. Here’s a couple kids who take the time to print up flyers, walk door to door in the snow, and then shovel snow for some spending money. And someone calls the cops and they’re told to stop?”

This person is absolutely correct. These two boys were out there doing something productive and positive, and they were told by police officers, that they were doing something illegal. Many people still look to the government and police to help with societal problems, but instead of helping, they create and enforce petty, arbitrary laws that turn good, productive people into potential criminals in the eyes of the state.

Governments do not provide solutions, individuals do. Instead of turning to the state for solutions to society’s problems, we all need to look more to each other, to people like Matt and Eric, who want to provide solutions, and yet are prevented from doing so by these government officials.

You can read the original articles here and here.

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Police Shutdown 11-Year-Old’s Lemonade Stand in California – May 19 2014

May 20, 2014 by

Police Shutdown 11-Year-Old’s Lemonade Stand in California – May 19 2014

Leaping, naked, into the Golden Gate Park bison paddock will, on most days, get you arrested. That was certainly the case during yesterday’s Bay to Breakers. Official police tallies also include 24 public intoxication arrests and three public urination citations (these three folks must have done something remarkable to stand out among a 50,000-strong army of public urinators).

Not showing up on police stat-sheets disseminated to the media, however: Two adolescents’ lemonade stands busted up at Fell and Cole. The 11-year-old proprietor of one of those stands, SF Weekly is told, was informed that simply giving away the fudge brownies and lemonade the police forbade her from continuing to sell would result in a $1,500 fine. Preteens selling goodies, the police reportedly lectured the lemonade stand proprietor, was unfair to establishments that bothered to get a license for their activities — like Starbucks.

Our calls to the police have not yet been returned. This is not, however, the San Francisco Police Department’s first strike against unlicensed, juvenile capitalism.
COps Shut Down Girl's Lemonade Stand

Four years ago, news of cops shutting down kiddies’ Dolores Park lemonade stand itself became Internet lemonade.

The SFPD’s then-spokesman, Sergeant Troy Dangerfield, cited chapter and verse to us at the time, explaining the ins and outs of foodsellers’ permitting. “How can you tell ice cream carts to leave and then let some people sell other things?” he asked, rhetorically. “Just because they’re kids doesn’t mean they should get a free pass, you know?”

Not long after police cleansed the Cole and Fell area of unlawful lemonade dispensaries, SF Weekly is told they returned due to complaints about “a live band.” This stemmed, it turns out, from a neighborhood tradition of setting up a drum kit during Bay to Breakers, and allowing local kids to keep the beat.

At the time the police showed up, the unlicensed live bandmember was, purportedly, a toddler.



Update, 2:25 p.m.: Police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza says there’s no record in the logs of cops shutting down lemonade stands. But “we had lots and lots and lots of police out there, so, yes, it could have happened.”
With regards to why it happened, he notes “this is a letter of the law/spirit of the law type of thing. Is it a violation? Technically yes. Are we going to cite a kid’s lemonade stand? Probably not. I hope not.”
But, he continues, if you ask the hot dog vendors and other sellers to move along, you have to do it to everyone. Otherwise “that would be selective enforcement. And that’s no bueno.”Read more here:

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Lemonade Freedom Day 2013 – One Word – “INSPIRATIONAL”

Aug 12, 2013 by

Lemonade Freedom Day 2013 – One Word – “INSPIRATIONAL”

Saturday, August 10th, 2013. It was a perfect day for a lemonade stand. The lemons were freshly squeezed the night before. The sun was shining. We arrived at 1pm to Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia, PA. It was a beautiful day.

We immediately set up the table and the supplies for the lemonade. We hung the Lemonade Freedom sign in front of the table. The kids were ready to go. Before we could even finish getting ready, we already had people lining up to buy an ice cold glass of lemonade.

The turnout was amazing. People came from all over the country for this year’s Lemonade Freedom Day. There were independent journalists, activists, supporters, and kids.

While the kids were selling the lemonade, the adults were sparking up some absolutely amazing conversations with the customers and the other people passing by. I had some of the best and most inspirational conversations with complete strangers there. It was amazing!

I couldn’t believe the amount of people who were completely fed up, not only with the shutting down of kids’ lemonade stands, but also with the “police state” that we are living in. (And these were their words not mine!) The same can be said for the amount of people who walked away with the desire to become involved. The support and enthusiasm in the crowd was amazing!

As the day went by, we were all starting to get a little bit tired. We weren’t sure how much longer we were going to stay. We even considered packing it in. That was until a Philadelphia Police Officer paid us a visit.

As soon as the officer arrived on the scene, he was surrounded by yellow Lemonade Freedom shirts and a myriad of video cameras. He instructed us that we would have to shut down, because we do not have a permit. After a few minutes of attempted dialogue with this officer, despite his threats, we ultimately refused to shut the stand down, and the officer walked around the corner and made a few phone calls.

At this point, we weren’t sure what the outcome would be. So we made some preparations at the stand. Would we be ticketed, and fined? Would we be arrested? None of us knew. But the stand continued to thrive. It almost seems as though the police encounter actually boosted sales a bit.

An hour or so later, we received a visit from another Philadelphia Police Officer. This time it was a Sergeant. He informed us that they would not bother us. There would be no citations, no arrests. That was it. The day was a full success.

Despite being threatened with arrest, we were able to successfully run an “illegal” lemonade stand, without a permit in Philadelphia. We did far better than break even on our sales, and the two girls who were operating the stand ended up walking away with some good earnings for their hard work.

We had some great outreach with some amazing individuals throughout the day.

And this is why it was so inspirational. As activists, sometimes we fight hard and long, and get little or no respect. But not today. The comments, the encouragement, the support of the people was in full force. As activists, we know that we made a difference today. We know that we’ve lit sparks in the minds and hearts of countless others. We have inspired and encouraged others to stand up against injustice.

And on the flip side, the people. WOW… the people. They were amazing! I can personally say that so many of the great people who showed up to support us, or to buy some lemonade have inspired me to continue what I am doing. And I am sure that many of the other activists involved are just as inspired as I am.

I would like to send a personal message to everyone who attended. Whether you there as an activist, a supporter, or just buying some lemonade. Thank you! You are all amazing human beings! You should all be very proud of yourselves. I love you all! Thank you!

Lemonade Freedom Day 2013 was a COMPLETE success!

Lemonade Freedom Day in Times Square, NY

Lemonade Freedom Day in Times Square, NY



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Police Are Sour On Queens Girls’ Lemonade Stand – NY1 For You

Aug 8, 2013 by

Police Are Sour On Queens Girls’ Lemonade Stand – NY1 For You

NY1 For You: Police Are Sour On Queens Girls’ Lemonade Stand By: Susan Jhun

Setting up a lemonade stand left a serious sour taste in the mouths of a couple of Queens kids after the police got involved. NY1’s Susan Jhun filed the following report.

A little lemonade stand was a sweet summer pastime for 9-year-old Nora and 11-year-old Jameala Lahoud, until the two Queens girls got ticketed by the police. “One jar of lemonade and a few cups and that’s it,” says Michael Lahoud, the girls’ father.

Apparently, that was enough for a police officer to write two tickets to the family: one for selling without a vendor’s license and another for obstructing the flow of vehicular traffic.

Michael Lahoud says the day the tickets were issued for his daughter’s stand there was a vendor across the street from his house at the beach selling drinks and blocking traffic.

“Neighbors were complaining. They called the police because he was obstructing traffic,” he says.

That is when Lahoud says the police came, let the vendor off because he had a vendor’s license but ticketed him for his daughter’s lemonade stand.

Lahoud says what bothers him the most about the ticket is not the money but the message it sends to his daughters.

“They were afraid at first. They thought they were in trouble and that was what upset me the most,” he says.

NY1 called the Department Of Health and a spokesman said the agency’s bottom line is public health and ideally anybody who is working with food needs a permit. However, he said the DOH would not go out of its way to follow up on something like a lemonade stand.

NY1 then called the NYPD and asked a spokesman whether the agency would dismiss the summons.

The spokesman said that is up to the courts, but went on to say in order to operate any food stand, a person needs a permit from DOH — no exceptions.

That apparently means kids across the city might want to think twice before making lemonade out of these lemons.


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Reno Nevada Health Inspector Shuts Down Girls’ Lemonade Stand!

Aug 8, 2013 by

Reno Nevada Health Inspector Shuts Down Girls’ Lemonade Stand!

UPDATE 8/8/2013 – 9:41pm EST : The Reno Tahoe Open PGA Tournament got word about this incident and they have made an offer to Alex and Emma. The girls have been invited to move their lemonade stand down to 18th hole next year. 


A summer cannot go by without hearing more news reports of kids’ lemonade stands being shut down by a bureaucrat. And this summer is no different. This time the “illegal” lemonade stand was in Reno Nevada, and the “perps” who were running the stand were 12 year old Emma Farrell and 14 year old Alex Farrell.

The family lives inside the housing development where  the Reno Tahoe Open PGA Tournament is hosted every August. Alex and Emma sell ice cold lemonade, homemade cookies, and gently used golf balls that they custom decorate for customers. They have been operating this stand in front of their house for the past five years with nothing but compliments and support from the community. They have even built a loyal and established customer base that returns year after year.

But this year on August 3rd, they were shocked to receive a visit from the Washoe County Health Inspector. They were told to cease operations immediately. They received a written warning and were told that they would be fined if they did not comply.

According to the girls’ mother Kelly, the Washoe County Health Inspector stated that the girls’ stand was being shut down this year because another vendor launched a complaint claiming that sales were low because of the girls’ lemonade stand.

Like many entrepreneurs, these two girls took advantage of an opportunity, and decided to do something positive with it. They decided to set up a stand and make some money.  According to their mother Kelly, the girls usually make anywhere between $100-$150 at their stand. After running their stand, they like to treat themselves to ice-cream with some of their earnings. They save some of the money, use some to invest in new equipment, and donate some to their church. A few years ago, they purchased their “official” lemonade stand, and this year they purchased a new 4 gallon lemonade container.

At Lemonade Freedom, we applaud these girls’ actions, but the state bureaucrats obviously do not appreciate these motivated girls’ contributions to society. Maybe it is because the agents of the state have absolutely no understanding for the free market and voluntary exchange. How could they? They “earn” a living on taxpayer money. Their entire livelihood is funded at the expense of the productive members of society.

You see… 14 year old Alex, and 12 year old Emma understand more about the free market and voluntary exchange than any bureaucrat or government employee will ever know. In the last 5 years of their young lives, they have been operating a business. They have learned important messages about providing a good product at a reasonable price. They have learned about the importance of re-investing into the business to make it grow. They have learned about the importance of keeping a good reputation and to remain in good standing in their community. They learned about being accountable to their customers.

private business, such as Alex and Emma’s lemonade stand has to cater to its’ customers. If a private business does not provide quality products at a reasonable price, then the customers will go elsewhere. This promotes innovation, efficiency, and accountability in the marketplace.

The “public” sector doesn’t understand this, because they will receive funding whether they provide high quality service, or poor service. Money doesn’t enter the “public” sector because they provide such great services which people demand. Money comes into the “public” sector because they demand it from taxpayers. This is why quality, innovation, efficiency, and accountability will always be lacking, at best, when services are provided by the government.

You see… Alex and Emma are peaceful girls. They weren’t harming anyone. Nobody in their right mind could disagree with that. Yet, because of the law, this government employee believed that it was necessary to intimidate these two young girls for providing a beneficial service to others. Think about the message that this sends to Alex and Emma, as well as many other creative and motivated kids across the country.

If you are as outraged as I am, I expect that you will all show your support for these two young entrepreneurs. And this weekend is the perfect time to show your support for them by setting up a lemonade stand. August 10, 2013 is Lemonade Freedom Day. For more information please visit

If you happen to be in the Reno, Nevada area, please set up a stand in support of these girls. Let them know that they are not alone.

They may be able to shut one lemonade stand down, but they can’t shut them all down!

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Lemonade Freedom Day 2013 – Official Event Page

Jul 30, 2013 by

Lemonade Freedom Day is kicking off it’s third year! Please check this page for all updates.

Please join our Facebook event page for LEMONADE FREEDOM DAY 2013!

It is the official page for Lemonade Freedom Day 2013. We encourage everyone, everywhere to go out and open a lemonade stand on August 10th, 2013. This is in response to the bureaucrats and law enforcers who are shutting down lemonade stands for not having permits or licenses. For the past two years, thousands of people across the world participated in Lemonade Freedom Day to show these bureaucrats and law enforcers that they could not shut down kids’ lemonade stands. This year, we are doing it again. Let’s spread the word!


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phone: 484-278-3733

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Are you looking for an event in your area? You can find local events here. If you do not see an event in your area, then you can start your own. Please contact us with details, and we will post your event on this page.

Local Lemonade Freedom Day Events


Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – 1:00pm

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Westheimer Rd & Dunlavy St Houston, TX – 11:00am – 1:00pm
RSVP on the Facebook Event Page:
The Alley Cat bar & lounge
3718 Main Street, Houston, Texas
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Save the lemonade stands – Daily Herald Tribune

Jul 30, 2013 by

Save the lemonade stands

By Shannon McKinnon, Slice of Life

Airianna Bayne, 3, pours a cup of lemonade at her and her friends lemonade stand in the Crystal Lake area in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Monday, July 8, 2013. Bayne and her friends are trying to raise enough money to go to the movies. August 10 is  Lemonade Freedom Day; a day where people all over North America are encouraged to set up a lemonade stand. AARON HINKS/DAILY HERALD-TRIBUNE

Airianna Bayne, 3, pours a cup of lemonade at her and her friends lemonade stand in the Crystal Lake area in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Monday, July 8, 2013. Bayne and her friends are trying to raise enough money to go to the movies. August 10 is Lemonade Freedom Day; a day where people all over North America are encouraged to set up a lemonade stand. AARON HINKS/DAILY HERALD-TRIBUNE


Saturday, Aug. 10 is Lemonade Freedom Day; a day where people all over North America are encouraged to set up a lemonade stand to exercise their right to sell lemonade without a licence.

The idea is to make people aware that voluntary exchange is not a crime. It certainly is a grey area. As, I suppose, are garage sales. More and more the two are combined with hopeful children setting up their lemonade and cookie stand – or sometimes simply bottled pop and water – while their parents host the garage sale.

When you think about it, who else is allowed to sell food, beverages or goods without a business licence or a health inspection? And yet I would hate to see either practice shut down. The very idea seems like a poke in the eye of democracy.

Who isn’t charmed by the initiative of children setting up a lemonade stand?

Judging by the headline “Sour Neighbour Calls Cops on 9 Year Old Boys Lemonade Stand” a woman in Oshawa, Ont., was one such person. According to the article the woman phoned 911 to complain about the stand. Well, first the neighbour tried to bribe the children with five bucks to close the stand down and then she phoned the cops. To make matters worse, the stand was part of the children’s annual effort to raise money for the SickKids hospital. According to the children’s mother the police ordered the stand closed because they didn’t have a vendor’s permit.

Like everything there is always another side to the story. When the police were contacted by the press the sergeant confirmed an officer was called to the stand around 2 p.m. after a woman from the neighbourhood dialed 911.

Apparently the neighbour was concerned for the safety of the children after hearing screams. When the officer arrived he did indeed find a child running up and down the sidewalk screaming. The child – a nine year old boy with autism – was shouting at passersby in an effort to drum up business.

However, the sergeant denied the officer had ordered the stand to be closed down. “We don’t shut down lemonade stands,” she said. “No one was ticketed, no one was cautioned or arrested, it was only one officer at the scene and that is the extent of what took place.”

The organizers of Lemonade Freedom Day were all over the incident like an ice cube on lemon juice, urging their neighbours in the north to open stands in Canada on Aug. 10 as well. In fairness to these organizers, it would appear that in the States stands actually are being shut down for not having a valid licence. And since it is such a grey area, I suppose it could be a problem up here as well.

And that’s just silly. Let the kids have their stands. I try to support these wee entrepreneurs whenever I can and I have yet to be poisoned. And I can bet that any money earned quickly finds its way back into the local economy.

Growing up in the country on a lonely dirt road lemonade stands were not part of my childhood. I only recall setting up a stand once and that was under the influence of a city cousin.

We worked for two days on a sign that simply read “Lemonade 10 Cents”, positioned our table by the road and set up our cups, pitcher and most importantly, our cash box. We counted crows and listened to the hum of a distant tractor and the occasional moo from a cow in the pasture.

And then … we heard the sound of an approaching motor. The truck rolled by without stopping, but we caught the look of surprised confusion on our neighbour’s face before he disappeared around the bend. Another hour passed during which we drank all the lemon juice and had to return to the house for more.

And then … another motor made its approach, this time in the form of a grader. We marked its painfully slow approach down the hill and almost passed out with excitement when it pulled to a halt in front of the stand. The door swung open and a large man swung down the steps onto the gravel road.

“Lemonade hey?” he said, taking off his cap and wiping the sweat from his brow. “That would sure hit the spot right about now.” He drained two glasses and then a third, plunked down an entire dollar bill and said, “Keep the change.”

I was so excited I grabbed the money and to the mortification of my older cousin, took off running for the house to tell my Mom about our newfound wealth before the man even had a chance to turn around to climb back into his grader.

We never got another customer for the rest of the afternoon, but we each made 50 cents. Enough for a couple comic books and some candy the next time we went into town.

In other words, we were rich.


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Sour neighbor calls cops on 9-year-old boy’s lemonade stand

Jul 8, 2013 by

Note to all Canadians: Please join us on Lemonade Freedom Day 2013 in worldwide solidarity! Set up a stand wherever you are!


Cops called on Toronto-area charity drink stand

From left to right: Danika Potter, 8, her sister Brigit, 10, and her brother, Corbin, 9



What a sour puss.

A cranky, unidentified woman in an Oshawa neighbourhood called 911 and sicked police on a 9-year-old autistic boy in a bid to shut down his booming lemonade stand Monday.

Worse yet, the officer called to the scene asked the boy’s family to stop the fundraiser for SickKids hospital because the boy didn’t have a vendor’s permit to sling the juice.

“It was upsetting,” said Dawn Potter, who said her son, Corbin, was startled by the encounter with the officer.

“By the end of it, he thought I was going to jail, he was balling his eyes out.”

Corbin and his sisters have been running a lemonade stand on July 1

for the past three years.

The trio raise money for the hospital where several cousins have received treatment.

But the trouble started when Corbin was holding a sign and shouting to passersby on Bond St. to drum up business.

A neighbour approached, scolded him for shouting and told him he couldn’t operate the stand, Potter said.

Later, Corbin went back up the street, this time with his uncle.

The neighbour approached again, this time offering him $5 to go away and take the stand down, Potter said.

“He told her that he didn’t want her money, that he wanted to keep doing his thing for SickKids,” she said.

Potter said that a short time later a Durham Regional Police officer arrived.

He was polite but asked them to take down the stand, she said.

“We were told it was distracting, too loud and we were disturbing people. It was

2 p.m. We were told we had to stop … that we didn’t have a vendor’s permit.”

But Potter said she defied the officer, this time taking the sign herself and walking out to the corner to advertise the stand.

In the end, they raised $135.

“How can I teach him to do the right thing no matter what if I don’t stand behind him and show him,” she said.

Durham Regional Police Sgt. Nancy van Rooy confirmed an officer was called to the lemonade stand around 2 p.m. Monday after a woman from the neighbourhood called 911.

She was reportedly concerned for the safety of the children after hearing screams.

When the officer arrived, he found the lemonade stand and a child running up the sidewalk “screaming,” but van Rooy denied the officer ordered the stand shuttered.

“We don’t shut down lemonade stands,” she said. “No one was ticketed, no one was cautioned or arrested, it was only one officer at the scene and that is the extent of what took place.”

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Where Will You Be Selling Lemonade on Lemonade Freedom Day 2013?

Jul 8, 2013 by

Where Will You Be Selling Lemonade on Lemonade Freedom Day 2013?

It’s that time of year again! It’s been hot out, and who doesn’t like an ice cold glass of lemonade mixed with some voluntary exchange of goods on a hot summer day? That’s why we are excited to announce that Lemonade Freedom Day 2013 will be held on Saturday, August 10th.  And just like the previous two Lemonade Freedom Days, we are encouraging everyone to go out and sell lemonade! Sell lemonade at your local public park, courthouse, city hall, or just in front of your house. The point is to get the word out that selling lemonade is not a crime! So, be sure to mark your calendars. I want to see lemonade stands all over the world!

We have been doing this for two years so far, but we still have a lot of work to do. There are still Lemonade Stands being shut down. This one is from Canada:


Please let us know where you will be setting up stands, take pictures and video of your lemonade stand, and send them to us!


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Milk Moonshiner – Whey Jude

Oct 5, 2012 by

Here is a comical song poking fun of the government’s efforts to harass farmers as they try to provide milk as it came out of the cow – raw and unpasteurized – to families who want to drink it that way because of the health benefits. The author and performer of this song, Whey Jude, was nice enough to join us in Washington DC for our Lemonade Freedom Day event. Enjoy!

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Lemonade Freedom Day 2012 Was a Huge Success!

Aug 23, 2012 by

I am still taking everything in from this year’s Lemonade Freedom Day. This year’s event was such a huge success. People all over the country participated in Lemonade Freedom Day this year. In Washington, D.C. over a hundred people showed up to support the right to voluntary exchange. We were selling lemonade and raw milk (which is illegal in DC) on the lawn of the Capitol where 3 peaceful individuals were arrested last year for selling lemonade. We stood our ground for 2 hours and sold lots of raw milk and lemonade with no arrests this time around.

Freedom loving folks from Philly to Houston to California to Vancouver, British Columbia organized events and individuals all over the country set up stands and sold lemonade or raw milk without licenses or permits. Please enjoy the pictures and videos below. If you would like to share your own videos or photos with the world, please contact me and I will let you know where to send them.

Thanks to everyone who participated this year and remember. Lemonade Freedom isn’t just one day. It is every day. So, get out there and set up a stand… Sell lemonade or raw milk or cookies, or whatever you can think of.Because this is what lemonade freedom day is about. It is about your right to voluntary exchange. Exercise your rights!

Also.. Stay tuned to this site for updates on future events.



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Celebrate Lemonade Freedom Day by Teaching Personal Finance Lessons

Aug 20, 2012 by

The NFEC encourages educators and families to leverage Lemonade Freedom Day to engage kids in a financial literacy education discussion.

Click here to go to the Lemonade Freedom Day Activity Page

Financial literacy education on Lemonade Freedom Day.

Lemonade Freedom Day offers educators and families a specific time to provide kids a financial literacy education in an engaging way. To celebrate the occasion, the National Financial Educators Council is giving away a project based learning activity that will help kids start their own lemonade stand and pick up important business and personal finance skills in the process.

The NFEC has developed financial literacy lesson plans that will help families and others start a lemonade stand. This activity is being given away complimentary to celebrate Lemonade Freedom Day as a part of the NFEC’s Financial EduNation Campaign. To receive this activity visit the Lemonade Freedom Day Activity page.

The Financial EduNation Campaign was developed by the NFEC to encourage people to gain the personal finance skills that can help them secure their future and make a positive difference in the world. Providing money management for students and kids through the Lemonade Stand activity can be a positive first step down the path to financial responsibility.

Robert Fernandes of states, “Lemonade Freedom Day is about much more than just lemonade stands. It is about freedom and individual responsibility. When children set up lemonade stands, they are learning valuable lessons. It teaches them about finances, money, and responsibility. They learn how to set up and operate a small business. Throughout the process they learn how to be productive members of society. They learn about providing a service to the public.”

The Lemonade Stand activity helps kids learn essential business basics like: marketing, branding, cost of goods, profit, break-even points, risk, reward, budgeting, setting goals, accounting and the importance of location. All of these are taught through a simple lemonade stand.

The NFEC suggest having an adult on site ensure safety while giving them ownership and freedom to run their business. Adults should step away from their role as ‘parent’ or ‘educator’ and act as business mentors. Allow the children to make mistakes and give them positive guidance along the way.

According to Fernandes, “Children, by nature, want to be productive, creative members of society. This is what leads to future entrepreneurs. As a society we need to encourage this, not destroy it.”

The National Financial Educators Councils’ Financial EduNation campaign provides free personal finance training and material. Through collaborative efforts across the country, the NFEC is helping to improve the financial capability of our nation’s youth. The complimentary financial literacy lesson plans are made available according to the NFEC’s social enterprise business model, which provides free personal finance products or training for every service purchased.

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LiveStream – Lemonade Freedom Day

Aug 17, 2012 by

Rights Workshop: Friday, Aug 17th – 2pm Eastern Time
Lemonade Freedom Day event on the Capitol Lawn: Saturday, Aug 18th – 12:00 Noon Eastern
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Pete Eyre: Lemonade & Raw Milk Freedom Descends on DC this Weekend

Aug 16, 2012 by

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Natural News: Join us for the biggest food freedom event of 2012 – Lemonade Freedom Day

Aug 14, 2012 by

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(NaturalNews) Coming up in just a few short days is an amazing opportunity to join thousands of other like-minded individuals in taking a unified stand for health and food freedom. From Friday, August 17, to Saturday, August 18, the Raw Milk Freedom Riders (RMFR) will help co-host Lemonade Freedom Day, a special two-day event in the Washington, D.C., area that aims to educate the public about how to demonstrate peaceful non-compliance in the face of tyranny, as well as how to rally and organize others to do the same.

In the tradition of earlier raw milk freedom rides, which drew attention to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s continued assault on raw milk sales and consumption (, Lemonade Freedom Day will raise awareness about the importance of defending our collective freedom of voluntary exchange, or the freedom to peacefully buy and sell the foods of our choice from the producers of our choice without government oppression.

Raw milk dairies, lemonade stands, home gardens, and various other independent food suppliers and producers have been the target of an increasing number of government crackdowns in recent years. Citing things like lack of permits and various other violations of the law, local and federal agents have made it their new priority to threaten, fine, and even raid the properties of individuals that buy and sell food outside the system, including young children that are simply trying to make a few extra bucks selling refreshing beverages to their neighbors on hot days.

“Two groups of activists known as the Raw Milk Freedom Riders and Lemonade Freedom Day are taking their raw milk and lemonade to the lawn of the U.S. Capitol to celebrate what they call their right to ‘voluntary exchange,'” says the official announcement by Lemonade Freedom Day, which is headed by health freedom activist Robert Fernandes.

“Recent shut downs of children’s lemonade stands and SWAT-style raids on small farmers have inspired these mothers and other activists to take their message to the Capitol where they plan to risk criminal charges, and possibly jail, by gathering for a picnic with these illicit foods. Media are invited to witness the peaceful exchange.”

Beginning at 2:00 pm on Friday, August 17, a workshop entitled “Knowing Your Rights” will take place in the D.C. area, followed by a farm-fresh dinner. Speakers will include Farm Food Freedom Coalition co-founder Liz Reitzig, Executive Producer of Max Kane, and many others. The suggested donation cost for the workshop and dinner is $30 per person.

Day two of the event will commence at 12:00 pm at 3rd Street Southwest between Maryland and Jefferson Streets near the Capitol Reflecting Pool. Event attendees will practice civil disobedience by drinking fresh milk, lemonade, and other foods and beverages that have been the target of government officials.

To learn more about Lemonade Freedom Day, be sure to visit:

You can also sign up for the workshop and dinner on August 17 by visiting:

The Lemonade Freedom Day Facebook page can be accessed here:

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Where Will You Be For Lemonade Freedom Day – August 18, 2012?

Aug 13, 2012 by

There has been a lot of talk recently about our Lemonade and Raw Milk Freedom Day in Washington, D.C. on August 18th, 2012.   If there is any possibility that you can make it to the event in D.C, then I highly recommend it. This issue is about much more than just lemonade or raw milk. This issue is about the right to self ownership. You own your body. You have the right to do what you want to do with your body, just as long as you are not harming someone else or someone’s  property. Lemonade Freedom Day is about freedom. This is why it is so important for you to attend. If you can not make it to D.C., then you need to get out there and set up a stand.  Open one up in front of your house, or in the park, or in front of city hall. If you cherish freedom, then be free. Be the freedom that you want to see in the world. Don’t just sit around and talk about freedom… Be freedom!

If you are opening a stand this year, please take pictures and videos. Sent them to us so we can post them to the site. Have fun!


Please feel free to download and print these flyers for distribution:

To print these, please download and print in Landscape format.

Lemonade Freedom Day (DC Event):

Lemonade Freedom Day Flyer (Everywhere) : Here are some pictures of some past events:

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Max Kane Invites FDA’s John Sheehan to 2012 Lemonade & Raw Milk Freedom Day

Aug 10, 2012 by

Join Lemonade Freedom Day


The Raw Milk Freedom Riders

For a Two-day event

In Celebration of Food Freedom and Voluntary Exchange

Please Join the Lemonade Freedom Day 2012 Facebook Event HERE





DAY ONE: “Know your Rights” Workshop

Friday, August 17, 2012 2:00 PM-5:30 PM followed by Dinner

Learn about a history of peaceful non-compliance, how to peacefully stand up for your rights in confrontational situations and how to take responsibility for your freedom. Farm fresh dinner to follow.


2:00-2:20–Liz Reitzig—History of social change through peaceful non-compliance. Who has used it and what were the results? How can these examples inspire the Food Freedom Movement into peaceful action?

2:20-2:40– Max Kane—Taking Responsibility for your freedom. What you can do to turn the tide and take responsibility NOW for your freedom.

2:40-3:00— Rob Fernandes–Commitment that leads to effective activism. What does it mean to be committed and principled, and how might that look in each of our lives? Creating a viral event with specific focus for maximum effect.


3:15-3:40—Bradley Jardis—Keeping it peaceful–Taking charge of your basic rights during a demonstration. Non-compliance from the law enforcement perspective. How law enforcement officers can join the ranks of peaceful non-compliers.

3:40-4:00—Kristin Canty—Being an activist mom. What it takes, why it’s important for moms to join the movement now. What we have to lose by not joining and acting now. Sacrifice as component to activism—we can only gain if we are willing to make sacrifices.

4:00-4:30—Derrick J— Let the World Know About Your Confrontation–The basics of civil disobedience in the age of livestreaming and cell phone cameras.


4:45-5:00–John Moody—Generating grass roots support when facing enforcement actions.

5:00-5:30—Pete Eyre And Clyde Voluntaryist—Police accountability and dealing with the court system–A careful review of how to assess the situation and your options. Lawyer or no lawyer? How to determine your course of action, what to expect in different situations, and how to win without taking a plea. Is one mentally ready and prepared to face the courts alone?


Space is limited. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to exercise your rights!
Suggested Donation $30


DAY TWO: Picnic in Celebration of our Freedom of Voluntary Exchange for the foods of our choice

WHEN: Saturday, August 18, 2012 12:00pm

WHERE: 3rd Street Southwest between Maryland and Jefferson near the Capitol Reflecting Pool, Washington D.C.

Join prominent National activists and food freedom proponents as we gather for a peaceful picnic to celebrate our right to peaceful exchange of food. We guarantee a fun, food-filled time and plenty of excitement! Please bring a picnic lunch or something to share!

Some speakers will include:
Liz Reitzig
Robert Fernandes
Eddie Free
Max Kane
Derrick J
Pete Eyre
Kristen Canty
… and more to be announced!

And just as we did last year, we would like to encourage everyone to go out and set up a lemonade stand in order to exercise your right to voluntary exchange. Please send us any videos or information about your stand and we will publish it here and add you to the map at Lemonade Freedom Day isn’t just about lemonade or raw milk, it is about your right to participate in voluntary exchange. So, don’t just sit around and do nothing. Be a part of the solution. Take a stand and exercise your right of self ownership and voluntary exchange. We are looking forward to hearing from you!


Donate HERE to make this event possible

or if you would like to donate via ChipIn: Here

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