For want of a Midwest Produce Show no more

08/16/2012 07:56:00 AM
Tom Karst

“ “I don’t think American taxpayers should be footing the bill for people’s pie purchases,” said Andrea Taber, proprietor of the Ever So Humble Pie Co. in Walpole, who peddles her wares at the Braintree market on Fridays and now finds herself in the middle of the state’s raging fight over welfare benefits.”

The beautiful truth is that Taber thinks it is okay to use taxpayer-funded welfare benefits for fruits and vegetables, but not for sweet, fatty pies. And remember, she sells the pies.

Because of the piemaker’s intransigence, the story said the farmers’ market is considering putting in a requirement for all vendors to accept EBT payments next year. If that happens, Taber says she will be gone.

“I’m not going to sacrifice my principles and standards for the sake of a few more sales,” she told the Herald.

So far, most of the reader comments appear to be in favor of the modern-day patriot.

One example:

“Michelle Obama talks about banning fat foods but has she or her husband once threatened to restrict the same poor obese from using their government EBT cards from making purchases of junk food? No because the votes matter more than the fluff campaign she leads. "

Michelle Obama has used the White House bully pulpit to advocate for the better eating habits for Americans, and fresh produce marketers owe her a debt of gratitude for the political will and personal investment she has made in the issue. And President Obama recently admitted that the first lady won’t let him eat Fried Twinkies at the Iowa State Fair. Now that’s progress.

The government needs to take the “healthy eating” message to a point where it really matters. Using food stamp benefits for purchases of fruits and vegetables at farmers’ markets is a good idea. In contrast, allowing food stamp recipients to buy sweet and fatty pies at farmers’ markets falls short of “providing for the general welfare.”

Andrea Taber, pie-maker and patriot, makes the argument more effectively than any.


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