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Public market could have local restriction

If a food market on the Greenway is limited to Massachusetts products, there would be plenty of cheese and apples, but bananas would be off the list.

A public food market in downtown Boston would sell exclusively Massachusetts-based products under a plan being considered by state agriculture officials, a move that would provide the rare guarantee of truly local food but significantly limit the facility’s inventory.

The concept is generating considerable debate among potential vendors worried about striking the right balance between emphasizing local products and providing enough items to attract a large customer base.

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