Patch Seems To Be Relevant Again

Cat waiting for bus, Sacramento

“We go into SWAT team mode. In the past six months, we’ve found two miniature donkeys and one parrot.”

— Warren St. John, Patch’s editor-in-chief and former reporter for The New York Times, said to Lucia Moses regarding “Patch’s sweet spot [of] quick, high-impact posts… [one in particular] when a lost pet is reported”

Has The Farmers Market Movement Peaked?

Penn Quarter Farmers Market (Washington, D.C.)

Has the farmers market movement peaked? (from Russ Parsons of the Los Angeles Times)

An excerpt:

A new study by the Department of Agriculture finds that the rate of growth in the number of farmers markets nationally has slowed dramatically in the last five years.

That decline was particularly notable in Los Angeles County, historically on the leading edge of the farmers market movement, where according to USDA statistics, total sales dropped by almost 43% in real dollars between 2007 and 2012.

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