[Market-farming] Grower Only Farmers Markets

Tradingpost tradingpost at lobo.net
Mon Jan 29 10:14:54 EST 2007

Our nearby market in Santa Fe is producer only but needs no such paperwork.
It would be fairly obvious that tomatoes and oranges in March aren't grown
locally but trucked hundreds of miles. Any suspicion can be settled by a
quick trip to the farm. Late in the season we see vendors selling corn they
get from a local grower, but they're both local. I don't see the problem
with that, point being they're local and the produce is fresh. If there's a
fuss about the vendor not being the producer they'd just hire the vendor
and then he's their employee doing the selling. Local only is more to the
point than producer only. Another point: if I don't have enough to sell to
pay for the time and expense, what's wrong with having another grower sell
for me and getting a cut? It's still local and fresh.

paul tradingpost at lobo.net

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On 1/29/2007 at 8:56 AM John Drury wrote:

>Our Market board created the farm certificate. It reads as follows: 
>This is to certify that I am familiar with__________farm and that the farm
>is located in________________County, TN. I further certify that the
>following produce is grown on that farm. 
>The extension agent signs and dates the certificate. 
>In my case, I called my extension agent and asked him to visit my farm. He
>saw what I was growing and signed it. If the extension agent is already
>familiar with the farm, then there is no need for the farm visit, but the
>agent would still need to sign the certificate. There is no cost involved
>to the farmer or extension agent. We feel that coupled with periodic farm
>visits that we can further ensure that our market remains producer only.
>John Drury
>Bon Aqua, TN 37025

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