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Posted on February 1 at 3:29 p.m.
There are a number of corporate farms at the market. In fact the presidents farm is incorporated. The term "family farm" is used by everyone because their family members work for the corporation. And in response to bpoodles comment about shopping at Whole Foods, at least they do not LIE about which produce is ORGANIC. Try walking down the market and ask each grower if they are organic. This is a yes or no question, not "yes but we choose not to pay for certification," or "yes but we can't afford the cost." Yes or no. There are huge strawberry growers from Oxnard doing millions of dollars a year in sales lying to their customers, many of them children, "yes we are ORGANIC, just not certified." When in fact, strawberry production uses some of the most lethal chemicals in agriculture. I feel the SBCFMA is purposely misleading our community. We deserve better.
On Farmers Market Harvests Discontent
Posted on January 31 at 1:16 p.m.
I have been following the plight of the small local grower trying to break-in to the SBCFMA since 2006 when the Indy ran a lead story about the SBCFMA policies (check it online.) This organization is a sham and should not be allowed to conduct business on city owned property. Also I have to question why the Indy did not run the disclosure about their family ties to the SBCFMA's board in the original article a month ago. Did they forget? But, for the record, the editor-in-chief of the Indy own Rancho San Julian, the ONLY farmer selling beef at the two largest SBCFMA markets, Tuesday and Saturday. I am not a lawyer, but, a board member keeping out all competition sounds like the definition of anti-trust to me. Come on SB, demand change! And come on Indy, if we can't look to you for fair news coverage, where are we to look? The NewsPress? I hope it doesn't come to that.