gordwelch wrote:I'm curious why you think the standards should be different for small producers versus large ones...?
NM Grower wrote:
Sure, some farmers find the regulations around "who can sell what" at a farmers market to be a bit over the top. But if you've ever managed a farmers market, and I have, you quickly meet all kinds of shady characters trying to profit off the good will generated by the farmers.
Every time someone lies or cheats, the rules get longer. We've been threatened with lawsuits, had people try to circumvent the rules through the landlord, had people try setting up in the customer parking lot, etc. You name it, I've seen it.
The customers are grateful that someone is out there policing the market so that they can access authentic local food without having to resort to interviewing each farm stand at the market.