[permaculture] [Fwd: [SANET-MG] Fwd: article - Shoppers flock to farmers' markets

lbsaltzman at aol.com lbsaltzman at aol.com
Tue Jun 26 04:21:42 EDT 2007

I think this is on the whole good news, but where I live I have seen a negative side of farmers markets in California. The control of the market in my town has been taken over by out of town farmers who literally staged a coup.  The rules allow in one case have prevented a local organic farmer of Asian greens from selling at the market to protect a non-local, non-organic farmer who travels about 400 miles every week to sell their produce.  This is becoming the norm at bigger California Markets as more and more farmers truck produce up and down are large state to sell at "local markets."  I don't think this is a sustainable trend, and at least in some locations is perverting the intent of the makets as large farms with bigger staffs are gobbling up space at more and more markets.  Small family farms don't have a chance against this.

-----Original Message-----
From: Lawrence F. London, Jr. <lfl at intrex.net>
To: permaculture <permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Mon, 25 Jun 2007 1:07 pm
Subject: [permaculture] [Fwd: [SANET-MG] Fwd: article - Shoppers flock to farmers' markets]

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ubject: [SANET-MG] Fwd: article - Shoppers flock to farmers' markets
ate: Mon, 25 Jun 2007 09:30:37 -0500
rom: Jane Grimsbo Jewett <jewet006 at UMN.EDU>
Greetings, SANET,
         Here's an interesting Agribusiness Marketing Report from
olorado State University Extension:
*Shoppers flock to farmers' markets
Supermarkets are losing ground to farmers' markets in the
ompetition for shoppers' produce dollars, according to a report from
olorado State University. As many as 30 percent of shoppers prefer
o purchase produce fresh from farmers' markets, which have doubled
n number since the 1990s.
Full story
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ane Grimsbo Jewett
innesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture
niversity of Minnesota
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