Cheese vendors balk at new rules

The News Leader

June 28, 2011 11:07:18 AM PDT
Dairy farmers who sell hand-crafted cheese at New York farmer's markets are saying no whey to state rules that prevent them from slicing cheese to order.

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets says that vendors at open-air stands must sell only pre-wrapped cheese, rather than cutting off a chunk from a wheel of cheddar or gouda.

The assistant director of New York City's Greenmarket says the state announced the change last winter. She said the state is reinterpreting a rule that was already on the books.

Cheese vendors who sell at city farmer's markets say the no-slicing rule is hurting their business.

Most are trying to comply by wrapping their cheese in plastic, but they say the plastic affects the quality of the cheese.