Are you gearing up to sell at a farmers market this season? What do you think about the presence of resellers who purchase wholesale produce to resell at the market, but don't actually grow anything? What if you're a farmer who sells some of her own produce but purchases supplemental products from wholesalers?
The Wall Street Journal reports that farmers in Tomah, Wisconsin, are objecting to the inclusion of vendors who resell produce in the farmers market. The Tomah City Council plans to vote on the issue in a month, but both sides are getting into battle mode. Farmers argue that resellers undercut the local farms' prices, and resellers say the market is fair game.
The Farmers Market Coalition is a national group that plans to come up with a definition of "farmers market," reports The Wall Street Journal. Be sure to weigh in there - and here! - with your opinion. Personally, given all the expansion of the farmers markets themselves, and the increased awareness about locally-grown, sustainable food, I think farmers markets should be left to the farmers - you should have to grow and produce what you sell there. What do you think?