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Update: Healthy Family Farms Preliminary Hearing Postponed Again

Farmers Market vendor Healthy Family Farms was charged with illegal production and sale of unpasteurized goat milk, goat cheese and other products.

The preliminary hearing for Sharon Palmer—who sells eggs and poultry through  every Thursday at the —was continued to 8:30 a.m. Jan. 27 in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. 

Palmer is accused of conspiracy stemming from the illegal sale of raw milk and other products.

Court documents also allege she "was buying thousands of dollars worth of meat, poultry and eggs from other vendors and reselling it at farmer's markets and at Rawesome, despite claims and advertising that it was raised on her farm and not fed commercial feed." 

Palmer's attorney Matt Bromund previously called these allegations "outrageous." 

"It is a total abuse of authority to use the kind of force that the government is using against this private market and small family farm," he told Patch in August. "I'm looking forward to my client being completely vindicated by the judicial system in coming months." 

Palmer pleaded not guilty at her arraignment and was released on bail in August.

Others Involved

Two others were charged in the criminal conspiracy case: Eugenie Bloch, 58, and James Stewart, 64. Both pleaded not guilty and are also expected back in court Jan. 27. 

After a lengthy hearing Dec. 1, the court ruled that co-defendant Stewart may act as his own attorney, according to officials at the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. 

Evidence suggests that Stewart—through his business, Rawesome—illegally imported unpasteurized cow dairy products from Pennsylvania and Palmer assisted him in selling those products to area consumers at local farmers markets, according to court documents.

Related: 

For the status of Healthy Family Farms at the South Pas Farmers Market, click here.

To read more about the investigation, click here.

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