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What’s Being Sold at Your Farmer’s Market?

Posted May 04 2010 8:32am

When I lived in Boston I spent four years in the North End.  For those of you who aren’t familiar, the North End is Boston’s Little Italy. Chris and I love living in the North End! The streets were lined with fabulous restaurants, our apartment building had a roof top deck with amazing views of the city, and we were just a few blocks from the water.

Another reason we loved living in the North End so much was because every weekend a farmer’s market was held at Haymarket Station. On Saturday mornings we always stocked up on produce, amazed at how much food we got for so little money. farmers market (source)

For $5 I would get:

  • 5 red peppers
  • 2 lbs of cremini mushrooms
  • 1 lb of grapes
  • 6 oranges
  • 2 lbs of roma tomatoes

No joke. All of those items only cost $1 each.

While the food was cheap, these were not local farmers selling organic produce they had grown on their own.

This farmers market was dominated by resellers, and I believe most of the food was overstock from the local supermarkets.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m pretty sure a lot of the market dwellers were aware that the food was not coming from a local farm, however, there are several others who thought it was fresh, organic produce!

Which brings me to this article from the Wall Street Journal (thanks for passing along Kevin!).

This article is about a local farmer in Wisconsin who grows his own food to sell at the farmers market and finds himself competing with several resellers who are buying up produce at an auction and selling it for next to nothing.

Personally, if I go to a farmers market I am expecting fresh, local, organic food, not food that has been brought in by the truckload from who knows where.

While I am not against people purchasing produce in bulk and selling it, I certainly don’t think these people belong at a farmers market. It’s called a “farmers” market for a reason. Farmers work hard to make a living!

What do you think?

Should resellers be banned from farmers markets?

I’m curious to hear your thoughts.

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Time for FOOD and FITNESS!

Breakfast this morning was a warm, thick, bowl of oats. IMG_2879 Made with:

  • 2 cups local milk
  • 1 cup oats
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • lots o’ cinnamon
  • A swirl of strawberries and blackberries

IMG_2874 And a spoonful of almond butter. IMG_2880 It definitely hit the spot. IMG_2877

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Before breakfast I enjoyed 30 minutes of Hip Opening Flow followed by several leg strengthening exercises. I can feel my hips getting looser and my legs getting stronger so lets hope I won’t even need to visit the PT next week!

Gotta run!

Have a great day!

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