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I've worked at the Lake Oswego farmer's market a few times, and one of the other people I worked with was a blabber-mouth. She has worked for this particular grower for a few years, and she told me that the grower she worked for at the L.O. farmer's market often purchased produce and then either re-packaged or simply removed the packaging so they could sell it as their own. They supposedly did this to make sure their spot always was full of produce and that they would always have what people were looking for, even if their crop failed, was under producing, or had run out.
It was apparently a well-known and frequently done practice, and is not monitored or enforced. The grower I mentioned above has spots not only in Lake Oswego, but all over the PDX area markets. I think this practice is stinky and unfair to dedicated, return customers, but I don't see how it isn't going to happen everywhere.
posted 3 years ago
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