HERE’S HOW THE CHAT WENT:
BC WINE AND FARMERS MARKETS May 9, 2012
Most people understand that wine comes from grapes or fruits. Everyone understands that grapes are a crop–grown in the ground. Why is it that 100% BC grown wines cannot be tasted at BC Farmer’s Markets–let alone sold at them? There are other jurisdictions that allow wine to be sold at local Farmer’s Markets such as Oregon so it can be done, but what laws are preventing our local producers of BC wines from doing the same?
Should there be restrictions on pouring samples? Should there be restrictions on which wines would be allowed into a local farmer’s market or should that be left up to the organizers of the individual farmer’s markets to decide? is there even a desire for wineries to present their wines at Farmer’s markets?
It is the season where local produce is becoming available and that means it’s also a great time to discuss why this particular local agricultural product–WINE–is left not allowed into BC’s farmer’s markets.