I work at a discount food store. I have seen people come to our store early in the morning and buy a cart full of veggies that they take to the farmers market and resell as their own produce so watch out farmers market shoppers.
I am very fortunate to live in an area that not only has multiple places to buy CSA shares, but has multiple Farmers markets as well. They have wisely scheduled them during different days of the week so the farmers can supply more than one, and the people have multiple choices as well.
Free samples abound at these markets. Most farmers sell the more "unusual" crops at the markets because, as people have been pointing out, you can get the "regular" stuff at the grocery stores.
6/21/2012 1:00:42 PM
Farmers markets are not always a good deal. Where I live the farmers markets are few and far between, and the produce is of a lesser quality than I can find at Walmart or Fry's supermarkets. However, there is a chain farmers market here called Sunflower Farmers Market which has good produce and decent prices. Unfortunately, the closes one is about 40 miles away, so I only get there about once a month when I go shopping at Costco.
I wish we could be part of a CSA, but the upfront cost is too much. I love our Farmer's Market. The kids have a total blast, and my picky-eater stepson does eat any fruits he gets to pick out. He was doubtful about plums, but now he will just eat 'em up! The bargains here are great- a gallon of strawberries for $10, for example. You do need to time your visit right, though.
We belong to a CSA (community Suport Agriculture) with a local farm. Although we don't get to pick our veggies, I find we eat more of a variety because we get what is in season. It allows us to each fresh and healthy as well as support a local family owned farm - Just like the farmer's market.
6/21/2012 3:48:38 AM
My husband and I love going to the farmers market!
I agree with Rosewci on the quality and purchasing from the Farmers Market. Unlike her, I have never had an opportunity to show the farmers Market weekly because they are usually a great distance away. There have been occasions to buy from the roadside marketeers at a reasonable and often less costly price. My attraction to the Farmer's Market is the airy, fresh, ,just picked or plucked or peeled homemade atmosphere.
I LOVE going to the farmer's market! I've relocated to SW Florida & have been to Ft. Myers & Marco Island's farmer's markets, most recently. I like the selection & look for bargains! The produce is FRESH & plentiful! Prices are competitive & selection is MUCH better than the grocery stores! I make it a point to go every week & can fill up 2 shopping bags full of fresh fruit & veggies for 15 dollars! You just can't beat that!
I am not sure buying from the Farmers Market is always a good thing..the local farmers here sell the bulk of their produce to the local supermarkets, what's left over goes to the Farmers Market.. the best stuff is going to go to your best customer.....
Why it costs more....it is like buying something made in china from Walmart or buying something made in America that supports our local economy. Same thing. It costs the local farmers significantly more to maintain their land and pay a liveable wage to American workers. You can buy scientifically altered foods in mass at Stop & Shop but I choose to support my local economy and local agriculture even if that means I have to pay a few more dollars.
Our little seasonal farmer's market is also much more expensive than the stores but I buy a few select less-expensive items because they are local and organic and so much fresher, not to mention the occasional unusual find. They should be opening in the next month or so - finally, some fresh veggies!!
3/10/2010 4:26:01 AM
Farmer's markets in Canada do not provide a better, fresher or safer product, although that is a common misconception which causes many to waste money. The farmers I know pick on the same day for local grocery delivery, shipping delivery and farmers market. Therefore, the produce can actually be fresher at the grocery store because they have better storage than the average farm. Sorry to burst anyone's bubble!
10/27/2009 2:16:28 PM
My farmer's market is also more expensive. But I buy 2-3 things there each week anyway during the summer/fall season. The rest of the produce I buy at Whole Foods, or in case I can't go (it is kind of far away), I choose whatever is available in organic or "clean" conventional products at the local grocery store.
The color chart is great, thanks for the article!
9/12/2009 8:43:10 PM
As much as I'm all for supporting local farmers, our market is on average $1-3 MORE expensive than our grocery stores. Sorry, but when I can get decent tomatoes for $0.99/lb at the store, why would I want to spend $3/lb on farmer's market produce?
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