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Debate surrounds future of Blacksburg farmers markets

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BLACKSBURG - Changes could be coming for vendors and customers at Blacksburg's farmers markets. The town is in the process of passing an ordinance that better defines what a farmers market is and how they are allowed to conduct business. If the ordinance is passed as it stands now, food produced within a 50-mile radius of Blacksburg can be considered local, and only the farmer who grew the food is allowed the sell at the market. But for some in the business, this was already their direction.  

Ellen Stewart with the downtown Blacksburg farmers market says, "We're pretty committed to farmers selling what they grow. We do have a few exceptions that are allowed right now, but our goal is to phase those out as well."

But some at the South Main Street market in Blacksburg argue that placing restrictions on who can sell the food would limit consumers' access to local produce.

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