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Lake Elmo family farm fighting city law on sale of products

A city law prevents farmers in Lake Elmo, such as the Bergmanns, from selling products that weren’t grown inside the city limits.

A city law prevents farmers in Lake Elmo, such as the Bergmanns, from selling products that weren’t grown inside the city limits. Even products grown just across the highway, on land the Bergmanns own, are considered unsellable in Lake Elmo because they were grown in another city (Grant). Lake Elmo city officials say the law is meant to protect the rural character of the city; the Minnesota chapter of the Institute for Justice is calling it unconstitutional and a disruption to free trade.