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Standards for local farmers markets


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Standards for local farmers markets

kcb203 | Aug 10, 2009 10:41 AM

I usually go to the Arlington market, which I know has requirements that all items be grown/baked/made within a certain radius. This past weekend, I went to the Falls Church market for a change. I went to the crepe stand and saw a peach crepe on the menu. I would have ordered that, except that my six-year-old demanded we share the red white and blue crepe with strawberries, white chocolate chips, and blueberries. I'm glad she made me switch because, after I ordered, I saw the person in back whip out the can opener for a huge Costco-sized can of Del Monte peaches. I was shocked--at a farmers market in August? When the most succulent peaches I've ever had were available within yards?

Obviously there are some limits to localness-I don't expect local flour from the bakers, for instance, nor was I shocked that the strawberries for my crepe appeared to come from a Driscoll's container given that they aren't in season here this time of year, but the canned peaches were a real disappointment. Is it standard for a "farmers market" to insist on only local items?

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