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Alissa

Our city just spent big bucks to build a "farmers market" pavilion downtown. It's been open for vendors now for 3 weeks, and I've never seen more than one or two stands set up, selling mostly greenhouse tomatoes and early crops like lettuce and radishes. Very disappointing. I am dying for some new potatoes!

Joan

I know the one in Asheville looks a lot like the Piedmont one here. I think the state is involved in running them. I assumed ours was local as well. I don't go to it often. I prefer the one in downtown Greensboro open only on Saturdays and Tuesdays.

deliberately

Which just goes to illustrate the importance of engaging in a discussion about where fruits and vegetables actually grow. We find the same to be true here in Memphis -- from a given stall at the farmer's markets some portion of the selection is locally produced by small farmers and some is shipped in from distant venues. So we buy the local and wait patiently for the season to arrive when those few items we are eager for are ready to grow in our own native soil.

Luther

In Mineapolis/Saint Paul we have a similar dilemma. The two markets have 2 different policies. In Saint Paul everything must be produced within 80 miles. In MPLS stuff comes from everywhere and much of the stuff is junky crafts and leftover produce from the grocery store. I once bought a pineapple that rotted the next day and will never buy stuff from there again, unless it is clearly locally produced.

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