CSA Gaffe: City tries To Shut Down Simply Wisconsin CSA Dropsite
In a Stew blog entry that’s quickly making the rounds today, it was reported that the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection was called to a CSA dropsite because it “mistakenly believed the family was selling the produce from their front porch,” and issued a cease-and-desist order to the family that hosted the Andersonville dropsite for Simply Wisconsin. The officer for the department apparently had never heard of a CSA when the order was issued.
After Alderman Gene Schulter’s office stepped in to explain to the department that the family was not selling the produce (for which they’d apparently need a license), the department shot back that, regardless, it was illegal for them to “warehouse” the CSA boxes at their home.
If your mouth is agape at the City’s attempt to stop the distribution of vegetables — yes, vegetables — to families who subscribe to this CSA, you’ll be relieved to know that they seemed to have done an about-face, and have since withdrawn the cease-and-desist order. Hopefully this ends this embarrassing episode for food regulation enforcement by the City of Chicago.