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Prepared Food at Farmers Markets [DTW & metro]

jjspw | Apr 29, 201208:34 AM

I've noticed, over the last few years, that farmers markets are tending to have a greater and greater presence of prepared food vendors, with fewer actual *farmers* selling the produce, eggs, meat, and flowers they've grown. A few examples:

Two weekends ago, the Royal Oak farmers market had only 2 or 3 vendors selling produce, 1 selling meat and eggs, 2-3 selling flowers, and every other stall was occupied by a prepared food vendor.

The Clawson farmers market is notorious for having 1 or 2 vendors selling produce they haven't even grown (e.g. cauliflower in July, lemons that have "Florida" stickers on them), amongst 12-15 craft or prepared food vendors.

Yesterday, at Eastern Market, Shed 1 had just a handful of produce vendors near the south entrance, and the rest of the shed was occupied with prepared food vendors and the El Guapo truck. El Guapo had a massive line--before 10:00 AM, no less!--as did all the prepared food vendors. Sheds 2-5, which were almost all farm/produce/flower vendors, were nowhere near as busy as Shed 1. I saw dozens of people walking around not buying ANY produce, but only the prepared food and taco truck food.

Has anyone else noticed this trend? Does anyone have an opinion on it? I don't want to muddy the water with my own thoughts before anyone else has a chance to respond.

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