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Tuesday, August 05, 2008



I just wanted to thank you for writing such a great article on all the farmer's markets. I could tell that you put a lot of work and thought into analyzing what each market has to offer and that is the kind of thoughtful journalism consumers need to make good decisions. I enjoyed meeting you yesterday at the market and appreciated the reason for your errand. I look forward to learning more about Richmond food on your blog.

Laura Morand Bailey
Byrd House Market

Thank you for tempering the bad aspects of the 17th Street Farmers market with the good, which reporters and bloggers sometimes forget to do. As a vendor of 6 years, I feel that we hit bottom last season and there's nowhere to go but up.

I didn't know that Saunders Brothers came down to the market in Richmond. A trip there is the highlight of every camping trip we make to Crabtree Falls. It is definitely worth a Saturday drive from Richmond for fresh peaches, Asian pears (and be sure to try the peach freeze!)

In response to your comment on the Goat Notes blog:

The dichotomy of my reactions owes to the fact that I only read the paragraph on 17th St before commenting. It was after I read the article in its entirety that I saw an inequity - no shortcomings are mentioned for the other local farmers markets. That is the main point of my letter, or at least was intended to be.

I do follow Buttermilk & Molasses and have already commented on his most recent market-oriented posting.

As for the hours at 17th St, short of being open 24 hours a day (which is not humanly possible), there is no one schedule that will be right for all potential patrons.

Mary Kroll

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