News: D.C.’s Farmers’ Markets Face More Scrutiny Under New Regulations
Farmers’ markets around the city have officially begun hawking mustard greens and handing out sheep’s milk cheese samples for the season. This year, though, the rhubarb pies and ramps will come with one additional ingredient: new red tape.
Until recently, the destinations for your weekly local food fix were barely regulated. The D.C. Department of Health never inspected farmers’ markets, and market organizers had relatively limited interaction with the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.
But while everyone was fighting over where food trucks would get to park last year, it turns out the mayor and D.C. Council were also approving significant changes for D.C.’s farmers’ markets as part of the 83-page vending code update.
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