by Dec 25, 2011on
Farmers’ markets are a great source of local produce and meats, but many people overlook the value of supporting their local farmers in their quest for organic foods.
It’s true that going to the market is a very different experience than visiting a chain grocery store. To start, it requires that you speak with the people who have grown or raised your food. The benefit that comes from this is that you can ask as many questions as you wish.
You should always ask for recommendations and if the food is organic. Although in some cases it may not be certified organic, you might be surprised to learn that some food has been grown organically and that the farm is still going through the process of becoming certified.
Another variation that a famers’ market offers – that can be intimidating to a market novice – is the ability to negotiate on price. Be sure not to offend your new friends, but ask about bulk discounts or to have something thrown in with a larger purchase.
If the hours of the local farmers’ market are holding you back, try asking your favourite vendor how you can make purchases outside the market hours. Chances are, a potential long-term customer making special arrangements won’t offend them.
The farmers’ market will provide you with fresh and local food and is an experience you should seek out.