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Saturday, April 17, 2010

New Regulations May Endanger Farmers' Markets

Clinton County Farmers market in jeopardy with new regs

By WENDY STIVER - wstiver@lockhaven.com
Lock Haven Express

Another issue the downtown agency is dealing with is the yearly Farmers' Market, which normally sets up Saturday morning at the Clinton County Courthouse parking lot.

Due to regulations designed to insure food safety, the market is in jeopardy this year, according to Boileau.

The Promotions Committee is reviewing management of the market in light of U.S. Department of Agriculture licensing requirements.

Baked goods, for example, must be produced in a USDA-approved kitchen. The requirements make Downtown Inc. responsible for policing the market, advertising, carrying liability and asking to see a vendor's licenses, Boileau said. "While we want everyone to have an opportunity to sell their baked goods, Downtown Lock Haven Inc. has to take full responsibility for the products being sold at the market. If vendors are not willing to obtain the license, they are not permitted to sell at the market."

The Farmers Market in Bellefonte (open Saturday and Wednesday mornings at the courthouse) is run by its members. The market vendors formed an association a few years ago to take care of management tasks. Now to join the market, vendors must be part of the association, according to secretary Lois Stringer. Association members pay an annual fee as well as a daily fee, and the money is used for advertising, promotion, liability insurance and other expenses, she said.

The market is almost full for this summer before it has even opened, she reported.

In Lock Haven, another agency may be asked to operate the market, Boileau said. Read entire article...

12 comments :

Anonymous said...

There it is again, big business & Government wanting to stomp out the small vendors again. Wake up poeple, or starve under regulations!

Anonymous said...

That's it exactly. If you don't join the associations and there is no record of what you sell etc., then the good old government can't take another big old chunk out of you. Why can't they just leave the poor folk alone and let them earn a little extra to try and get by in these hard times? Makes you proud of these United States, doesn't it? And they call this a free country?

Anonymous said...

yeah! get rid of the USDA, and the FDA too! who needs things that won't kill us?

Anonymous said...

Well then, don't buy from these farmer's markets you moron. I have never heard of anybody getting sick from these foods. What about all of the chemicals that the FDA allows in the foods that you buy from the super markets? HUH?! Ever think about that?

Anonymous said...

The Twinkie made in some giant manufacturing plant is ok to sell; but not Grandma Lucille's blueberry muffins......

Anonymous said...

Have you ever been inside Grandma Lucille's kitchen?
Not a hub of tidyness!The cats add the blueberrys.LOL
Sorry,but if your going to sell food to the public,someone needs to take a look at how it's made.

Joe B. said...

Over the past 5 years of my involvement with the Coudersport farmers market we have been 100% compliant with the Dept of Ag licensing requirements. It really is not a bad thing. The reason you see so many recalls here on SW is because somebody is cutting corners or just plan being negligent. Our local inspector is very helpful and does a great job making sure you, the customer, are getting a safe product at the Farmers market or the Super Market.

Anonymous said...

Thanks again to Obama and his worthless band of democrats ruining our lives and taking more freedoms. And thank you to all who voted for him. Soon we will be completely safe when we are not allowed to go outside.

Anonymous said...

3:02 is right If people ever knew what goes on in these factories.. I could tell you lots of things that goes on but it would make you sick.The perservitives in the foods is whats killing people not cleanlness.

Anonymous said...

Preservatives and chemicals will kill you long before a bit of dirt left on produce or even a bug on a blueberry. I'm pretty sure Grandma Lucy's blueberry pie isn't loaded with a bunch of ingredients I can't pronounce to keep it "fresh" way past a true fresh date. If you don't like a Farmers Market and only want a product from an over bloated USDA food establishment, then by all means stay away from the markets.

Anonymous said...

Having this license isn't to "protect" anyone as the big over bloated govt indicates. It's to find one more way to put more money in the coffers without technically calling it a tax. It's about controlling every aspect of your life, but they try to make you feel all warm and fuzzy about it under the guise of the govt taking care of you cos you are too stupid to take care of yourself. No thanks.....

Mr Sarcastic said...

All of you hypocrites bitch about the regulations, but you are the same people that are the first ones to complain about getting some bad products too.