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In theory, the Grey Market, a not-so-legal version of a farmers market, was to have been an exercise in nose-thumbing the District’s overregulated nature. Founder Maya Robinson said the goal was to host vendors shunned by established markets due to lack of certification. But following its kickoff in February, the irregularly occurring Grey Market has become little more than a bake sale. Instead of produce, meat and poultry, or diverse prepared foods, vendors fill their tables with cupcakes, brownies, cake pops, cupcakes, cookies, and more cupcakes. There’s a legitimate argument to be made about the difficulty of licensure in the District—for example, a legal kitchen requires, among other things, compliance with zoning, corporate registration, a basic business license, and an inspection from the Department of Health—and how such mandates can discourage small businesses. Too bad the Grey Market sugarcoated its original initiative beyond recognition.