'Produce police' aim to keep farmers markets local

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Indiana farmers markets are taking steps to make sure all products are made and sold locally.

MGN Online

Indiana farmers markets are taking steps to root out resellers to keep their events local and ensure that the produce being sold is actually grown in the state.

The Indianapolis Star reports (http://indy.st/1724b0s ) the Carmel Farmer's Market is one of the strongest enforcers of "Hoosier-grown" rules. A team of investigators visits every farm vendor when they join the market and again when new products are brought in to ensure that the goods being sold are as advertised.

The team has evicted some sellers after finding they bought their goods instead of growing them.

Market organizers say they bank on offering locally produced items and that having some vendors skirt that rule jeopardizes their branding.

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