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Vital Farmers Markets Struggle with Regulatory Patchwork

Project for Public Spaces posted a feature calling for greater policy support of farmers markets. The authors note the important role that farmers markets play in bringing healthy food to people, especially customers in food deserts who have no other access to fresh food. They also explain the economic role that local farmers markets supplied by small farmers play in keeping money in the local economy. Conflicting regulatory authority has led to a patchwork of policies affecting farmers markets. This article stresses the importance of market relationships with local regulators and showcases some of the safety innovations implemented by markets across the country that have convinced regulators that markets should stay open.