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Submitted by M. G. Shelton (not verified) on Sun, 10/11/2009 - 12:19pm.
Buying at a local farmers' market offers the customer the unique opportunity to ask where the product comes from, "what variety is that tomato?", "did you grow it?", "how did you grow it?". Our markets allow and encourage those selling to network with other farmers and neighbors who are growing locally. Some of the markets allow only North Carolina products. Others set distance rules of 50 - 100 miles for products to be called "local". Sometimes the rules get stretched. Your example of buying Georgia peaches form a wholesale distributor and reselling at the market is understandably objectionable to a dedicated local foodie. Get to know your local farmer. Learn who you can trust. Listening to one producer "leveling with you" about the other vendor may be an "awakening" or may just be "sniping" about the competition. Just this year we had a local grower come to one of our local markets with Pender County grown peaches. Ultimately it is up to the customer to help encourage "local-only" by supporting those farmers who are truly growing and networking locally. Ask, and keep supporting your local farmer.
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