Forwarded from the market farming list.
Attention: Sal and others
Signs of the Times (unbridled greed)
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Date: Mon, 15 May 2000 14:26:52 -0400
Subject: (fwd) Re: Farmers' Markets (sign of the times?) (fwd)
here in Austin TX there was a small farmer's market (average of 4 or 5
vendors) in front of a large natural foods grocery store (part of a chain
that originated in this city). That was the reason given for having the
market here - supposedly to attract customers, I think also to give a
veneer of homegrown and folksy-natural with no added investment.
Interestingly, Whole Foods recently shut the market down. The reason
given was the legislation (based on incidents in California, I think?) relating to
sterilizing the processing equipment used for salad mix, and getting certified for it.
The cost of certification is laughably high, and local farmers couldn't
afford it. Now salad mix cannot be locally grown - or offered in front of
the store. I may have some of the details slightly wrong, but the timing
of the whole thing seems significant.
Lawrence F. London, Jr. Venaura Farm ICQ#27930345
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