The News & Record reports on the new certification program for local produce in Wednesday’s edition: Farmers apply for certification.


“There are folks who will run down to a wholesaling warehouse, repackage produce in folksy-looking straw baskets and hawk it as home-grown.

“How to tell the difference between home-grown and hornswoggle?

“That may be where a new program the N.C. Department of Agriculture is launching will come in.

“Farmers across the state have begun applying for status as “Certified Roadside Farm Markets,” a status that will indicate that more than half of what they sell they grow.”

I think that these restrictions should be greater than more than half, personally. But I am glad that something is being done. If I am buying through a middleman, I might as well go to the supermarket.