Another concern to many vendors is the Food Safety Modernization Act, which is working its way through Congress. (We talked about this last December, when there were still many specifics to be worked out.)
Small farmers are worried that new regulations will be too onerous for small operations, and may significantly reduce their profits. Others argue that small farmers’ crops are just as susceptible to disease as those grown by large producers, and should be regulated in the same way.
Do you shop at farmers markets? What questions do you ask producers about the food they’re selling?
- Scott Frost: Owner of Nature’s Fountain Farm
- Michael McMillan: Sourcing manager for Organically Grown Company
- Larry Thompson: Owner of Thompson Farms
- Marti Fate: Manager of the Grants Pass Growers Market and founding member of the Oregon Farmers Market Association