[Market-farming] Holes in Beans
mf at austinfarm.org
Thu Sep 2 17:51:53 EDT 2004
On Thu, Sep 02, 2004 at 06:37:36PM -0400, cheselka at theriver.com wrote:
> > What is a problem is one person who buys produce wholesale
> > somewhere and brings it in - he undercuts the locals. It's
> > very apparent that he does not grow what he sells.
> We've solved this in two ways:
> 1 - the market is "Producers Only"
> 2 - grower A can sell grower B's stuff if:
> a - the grower B is a "family owned and operated farm"
> b - grower A has gotten permission to do so from the market
> c - grower B's stuff is clearly labeled as from grower B's
Do you not foresee this situation:
Grower Z is not as well connected as grower A, or not as competitive
at recruiting suppliers, or perhaps spends more time tending to his
plantings than recruiting suppliers and is at a selling disadvantage
to grower A (who is selling stuff for grower B, grower C, grower D,
etc) and justifiably sees grower A as a peddler. Grower Z might be
better off avoiding the peddlers and finding another outlet for his
Or this one:
Grower A is the market manager and has no difficulty getting permission to
re-sell stuff; while the other sellers have a great deal of difficulty
I submit that a market's rules should encourage growers to come in and
sell their products, not encourage growers to become peddlers.
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