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Farmers' Market Frauds

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Farmers' Market Frauds

markethej | May 3, 2007 09:29 PM

Is it just me or do any of you get annoyed walking around our “Farmers’ Markets” and seeing sellers who obviously are sourcing their produce from wholesalers? For example, stands selling produce as diverse as lettuce and tomatoes. These two vegetable need ENTIRELY different climates: lettuce is a cool weather vegetable but tomatoes need it HOT! Citrus and strawberries from the same farm? I doubt it.

I’m not really looking to pay more just for the experience of buying produce outside while watching people in sunhats using burlap sacks get their “organic” on – another aspect of farmers’ markets that I’m skeptical over. When I go, I do try to buy from the vendors that I really think are farmers. I may just be a curmudgeon, but I just want to keep it real.

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