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Please realize that there are farmers' markets all over the State of Oregon and no one should assume that all comments made here are in reference to Portland area markets. We all love and listen to OPB!
The idea that we are buying from local (within the state) farms or processors whether large or small is the issue. Someone transporting in product from out of state and/or out of the country is defeating the purpose of supporting local. If I purchase honey, radishes, vinegar, or eggs I have the expectation that these items were raised, grown or produced in my community/state. If they weren't then they should be labeled properly so that the consumer has the choice.
Oregon Farmers' Markets do not have any regulatory agency so yes, unethical people can and do sell things they don't grow or process. Of course you willl always have people flying under the radar but it should be important to the farmers and processors to enforce the rules.
Regulation does not mean perfection but it does determine a degree of accountability which Oregon doesn't have.
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