Spies in the Farmers Markets
A child’s lemonade stand was one of the “violations”
A Connecticut state health department closed an entire 200-year old farmers market. There is more to come. I figured this would happen, especially with Ohio’s new rules, which mimic UN/USDA/HHS plans.
This reminds me a few years ago of the Connecticut grade school girl that had a lemonade stand in front of her home. The Health Department stopped by and required a permit, inspected the kitchen and laid down the rules. She decided to avoid the permitting process and expense by accepting donations (that does not fly now). When word got out in the newspaper, she made even more sales and higher donations per glass, without a permit.
And this week, an agent for an Amish family emailed me saying he can no longer come to a farmers market because of the expense of new rules. Like I said, more is to come.
All of this does not surprise me too much. After all, it is in accordance with the harmonization plans of the UN/WHO/HHS/USDA and the states.
Once again, our Washington, D.C. Correspondent Kimberly Hartke, cracks what could be a big national story, and brings her guest columnist to our attention, which exposes this incident. Here is an excerpt.
Because the farmers markets were growing, both in attendance, and in numbers, the General and the DPH decided to “involve themselves” after 200 years of healthy functioning tradition. They sent out staff members who were allegedly, “just on vacation and happened to visit farmers markets”. The pattern was to cite alleged violations (I use the term alleged as NONE of their findings had, nor has ever caused illness, nor did VIOLATE EXPLICIT CODE). We do not know how many “vacationers” were sent out from the DPH, but we do know of four similar cases, wherein the State inspectors notified the local inspectors about the violations. Most local inspectors observed, talked to farmers about health and safety, and left the farmers market to it’s own. Ironically, there were only two actual cases of disruption and one was at my market, and without this disruption, neither my involvement in this farm food movement, nor this article on this blog would have transpired.
The local inspector in Stonington, after bring briefed by the “vacationing” State health official, took her briefing so literally she shut the market down for the following alleged “violations”: 1) The market master brought coffee from a local restaurant in thermos bottles, and served hot coffee to raise money for the market; 2) I was cited for serving wheat-grass juice at my stall (although I was cleared by Consumer Protection) 3) Local youths and their lemonade stand, who were actually paying their college tuition with their highly successful and brilliant idea to serve lemonade, a stand which had been operating for over three years. 4) Each and every farmer who offered samples of product.
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Do other readers know of other situations like this?