May 26, 2007
“The Farmer's Market is a long standing institution in Charlottesville, for many residents one of their favorite institutions,” said City Councilor, Kevin Lynch.
With long standing organizations, over time comes changes, but recent alterations to rules have caused some beef with farmers.
The city council agreed all vendors should abide by state and federal food safety regulations and they agreed it was their place to enforce it, but not everyone felt the same.
“If the state or the feds want their regulations enforced, let them do it, that's their job, it's not the city of Charlottesville’s job to enforce their regulations,” said Farmer, John Coles.
After the city decided to enforce the rules Coles can no longer sell his homemade goat cheese.
He has spoken out against the changes since the city proposed them and has met with councilors to resolve their differences.
Along the way he has come up with a resolution to the problem that would take it to the General Assembly.
“The vendor would sign a waver stating that he is not permitted with the state,” said Coles.
This would leave the decision up to the customer whether or not they would buy un-permitted food, but until Coles can find a sponsor on the bill he'll have to give his goat cheese away.
City Council has made changes to the rules and agreed they will not enforce regulations. They'll leave it up to the state and federal inspectors to do so.