Is nothing sacred anymore?

Local Farmer’s Markets have long been one of my favorite things. A way to relax while shopping for produce. Farmer’s Markets beat the hell out of the often times limited produce selection at the grocery store. And you get samples. Everything from Pumpkin bread to slices of melon. You don’t have to wonder if the food you’re getting is ripe enough, fresh enough, or tasty enough.
Well, the days of samples might just be over. Virginia state agriculture officials began cracking down on the markets this season, according to a story in the Washington Post today.
It’s such a shame that one of the last remaining things you could do in this area without having to go through 100 levels of protocol or follow strict rules and regulations is even being affected by the “hightened security” climate.
At what point is it too much?

2 Comments so far

  1. Tiffany (unregistered) on August 16th, 2004 @ 12:20 pm

    Grr. It seems to me that people go to farmers’ markets precisely because it’s not like shopping in some over-sterilized supermarket. It’s not like farmers’ market patrons have never seen how the samples are prepared… and yet they eat the samples anyway. Why? Because we don’t give a rat’s ass about soapy water, clean rinse, and sanitizing solution.
    How I hate bureacracy.

  2. Mark (unregistered) on August 17th, 2004 @ 5:36 am

    Me thinks you miss missouri, Christine. Just pulled about ten pounds of tomatoes from the garden and no one is telling me what and what not to sample!

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