Lagos Fresh Markets
Before the carnation revolution, farmers had to sell their crops to the state at a price set by the state. The revolution’s seeds were sown by these farmers and grew to overthrow the Salazar regime. The spirit of the carnation revolution lives on with these small farmers who can feed the country and enjoy the monetary fruits of their labor.
These small local producers are exempt from taxes on the sales, and pay just a small fee for the booth and to take a course on food safety. However in 2013 during austerity, there was a proposal by the governing majority to tax these small producers. The citizen and I were happy to sign the petitions and distribute flyers in solidarity with the growers. Small farmers from these local markets from all over Portugal descended on Lisbon to protest and fortunately the proposal was defeated.