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Farmers’ Markets Victims of Success

Recent coverage in the media has shed light on one of the problems with the recent explosion in farmers’ markets.  In response to increased consumer demand for locally grown, reduced pesticide food, the numbers of markets in Southern California has more than doubled over the last ten years. However, the numbers of farmers serving these markets has not grown appreciably. The upshot is that some vendors in fact sell produce they’ve bought at the downtown produce market and other outlets, in part to keep up with demand for markets.

David Karp, long time writer and observer of farmers’ markets, provides some suggestions for the market program in California. The produce industry’s Packer magazine outlines some of the problems for markets on the national scene.

In response to issues raised by media coverage, the CDFA will be holding listening sessions Oct. 27 in Sacramento (1220 N St., 12:30 – 3 p.m.); Nov. 1 in Santa Monica (Main Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.); Nov. 3 in Fresno (2600 Fresno St., 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.); and Nov. 8 in Berkeley (2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.).

Update:  On Nov. 10, David Karp reported for the LA Times on the farmers’ markets hearings.

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