The Post-Dispatch has an intriguing story on the growing pains – and internal politics – generated by the explosion of farmers markets around the country.
At the Maplewood Farmers Market last year, things didn’t end as well for one vendor.
Word spread in the self-policing world of the market that the vendor operated a concentrated animal feeding operation, known as a CAFO, violating the expectations of most farmers market shoppers.
“They were upset about it, and I understand why,” Bini, Maplewood’s manager, said. “But it’s not written in our rules that CAFOs are not allowed. We just say you have to sell your own product.”