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The taste of a fresh-picked peach on a warm summer day is one of life’s simple joys. A store-bought peach can never truly replicate the experience. But in Memphis, getting that peach from the farmer’s tree into the customer’s hand is not as simple as one would assume. The fruit cannot be simply picked from the tree and then sold from the back of a produce truck. Instead, someone wanting to sell these fruits from his truck must obtain a permit and conform to outdated rules, such as the requirement for the truck to remain in motion at all times except when making sales. This restriction is just one example of the many unnecessary provisions in the Memphis Food Code that serve as obstacles to economic opportunity and access to healthy food.

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