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A weird market

Dear Editor:

The Aspen Farmer’s Market was in full swing Saturday, and with all the booths finally filled we got to see the expanded market in its full glory. And I would say the results are a little weird.

I love the Little Annie’s outdoor seating area; looks great. I love the addition of nonprofits and some great new vendors, welcome! But there are a few that I think don’t belong to a “farmer’s market,” or even a “community market.” The Mason and Morse real estate booth, seriously?

For what possible purpose would a real estate agency need a booth – and more to the point, what do they have to offer here that they don’t have in their office (and the ubiquitous newspaper inserts we all hate). But they are easy to ignore. What really annoys me is the junk food on the corner, the cotton candy man with myriad flavors made from all kinds of toxic or unhealthy chemicals. What for? We need this? This is a benefit to our community, to our market, to our guests? Thank you, but no.

If the chemical garbage is not made in Colorado, but he mixes it on-site, this is acceptable as locally made? Again, seriously? Please, Farmer’s Market, do your part to help our children grow up healthy. If you can’t bring in more actual farmers, more produce, more real and whole foods, then at least keep the fake food out.

Anita Rayburn

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