"As the number of farmers markets has surged questions arise about whether food-safety oversight has kept pace. The USDA and the FDA set federal guidelines, wbut jurisdiction over farmers markets falls to a dizzying welter of state or local health or agriculture departments"
"In a spot check of 29 markets scattered among 10 states and the District of Columbia, reporters for E.W. Scripps Co. found that nearly two-thirds (18) had not been inspected within a year. And a third (10) lacked hand-washing facilities, a sanitation basic."