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Friday, August 18, 2006

A weighty issue

NEWTON

The organic tomatoes from the Angino Community Farm taste wonderful, but at $3 a pound, it's nice to know that you're getting your money's worth. Particularly when the scale they were using at this morning's farmers' market in Nonantum looked like it had been made during the Herbert Hoover administration.

Enter Mitch Baker, the head of the city's Weights and Measures department. "Your scales' not certified," he told a stunned Angino Farm volunteer during a surprise inspection. "I can do it now."

The result? Baker's super-accurate test weights showed that the venerable, rust-challenged scale was still dead on the money when it came to weighing produce.

They don't make 'em like they used to. Too bad.

-- Ralph Ranalli

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