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Monrovia Farmers Market Cheaters Among Those Fined

Los Angeles County officials recently cracked down on cheating at farmers markets.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the county has enlisted Ed Williams, deputy director of the county's Agricultural Commissioner's office, to investigate farmers selling produce they haven't grown.

A total of 19 farmers market vendors in the county were fined in 2013, including two that sell in Monrovia, the newspaper reported.

Aoyama Farming was fined $401 for selling pluots not grown at the farm at Monrovia's farmers market July 26, according to the newspaper.  The county was tipped off because the hybrid fruit was not listed on the certified producer's certificate.

C&J Farms' owners were fined $802 for selling yellow peaches and Thompson Seedless grapes not grown at their farm at the Monrovia farmers market July 19. What gave them away is that the yellow peaches had been commercially cleaned and were uniform in size, the newspaper reported.  The grapes were out of season for the area where they were to have been grown.

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Nancy Matthews December 28, 2013 at 11:26 AM
Where is PINKY's farm?
Kate K. December 30, 2013 at 07:45 PM
I have a question: Does the organizer of the farmer's market bear any responsibility for ensuring that the sellers are indeed farmers selling their own produce?
Citzen January 21, 2014 at 11:34 AM
I have seen the organizers people Radio in that they have an Uncertifed vendor. I didn't understand it at first and I thought there was going to be trouble but the vendor didn't seem stressed. He had a sign that said uncertified and all was well
Citzen January 21, 2014 at 11:35 AM
Yea I can post! I haven't been able to post for months!

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