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Re: “Farmers Market Fakers

Still befuddled as to how most folks would even know whose booth that was. Not sure where Montanero was mentioned in the entire article, but thanks for the info! I love supporting local ag and real people. I'm glad the mystery/Montanero booth was the featured photo, as I'd rather look at that beautiful produce than a dull face or waxy tomato.

But sure, if I took it the other way I'd be grouchy too.

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Posted by Local Grower on 07/10/2014 at 11:51 PM

Re: “Farmers Market Fakers

Ok, I agree with the people above AND I will take it one step further. You could have easily put a photo of Tagge's produce up here and not one small local farmer would have complained. I personally have photos of semi's in front of their fruit stand unloading pallets of fruits and veggies for them to re-sell. While attending Mary Ann Alston's market a few years ago I questioned them about having immense amounts of 'local' sweet cherries early in the year, was lied to by their booth staff, and an older blonde lady later came up to me and told me that the cherries were brought in from out of state. Yet this year again they were selling local cherries for $8 a lb (bag) five weeks ago. Before cherries were even ripe on trees in Brigham/Perry.

No other vendor really wants to be the bad guy and report to Kim, or any other market manager as we are all just out there making a living. But it sickens every single one of us when a false claim of local, organic, or whatever the latest trend is is is made.

People really do need to investigate where their food is coming from. If you see fruit or veggies that just seem out of place, ASK exactly where they are grown. An honest farmer will give you an address. And don't hesitate to check it out.

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Posted by lizurds on 07/10/2014 at 3:54 AM

Re: “Farmers Market Fakers

What stupid idiot made the huge blunder of putting the Montanero Family as cover photo?!?! They have been doing the market for over 20 years! Not to mention....I've known the Family for over a decade and can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that every single piece of jewelry and art is handmade and every snippet of fruit and veg at the their stall is picked by their very hard working hands. I know because I have seen their workshops and their gardens which are both impressive to say the least. You couldn't have needlessly smeared a more creative and hard working family. SHAME ON YOU. These sorts of things really hurt small business' like theirs and I hope someone answers for it!

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Posted by Mars Martineau-Low on 07/09/2014 at 11:54 PM

Re: “Farmers Market Fakers

The booth pictured in the photo that accompanies this article is of a family that has brought THEIR produce to the SL market for 19 years and counting. While I personally agree with the subject matter, boot the sly importing fools, but attaching a photo of this family is damaging to them, basically implied slander. Why not put a picture of a tomato with a label on it? Or of the guy that violated the agreement to not import produce?

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Posted by Reuben Wolsey on 07/09/2014 at 8:33 PM

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