I'm sure that many of you support your Local Farmers Markets. Rather than Rely on the Growers Certificate hanging in the booth, ask questions.Here are some suggestions for Produce:
When was this picked?
How was it grown? (Certified Organic, Organic Exempt, Natural, Conventional etc.)
What varieties do you grow? (each vegetable has several varieties, some of which only grow in specific climates) Heirloom varieties may cost more because of the cost of seeds.
Where was it grown?
How long have you been farming? (This One can be important Because it takes a Minimum of 3 years verifiably free of pesticide and or petroleum based fertilizer use to have land Certified as Organic.)
Do you have a Farm Stand Or CSA?
Can we make an appointment to come see your operation? (Most farms have Visiting Days once or twice a Year.)
How would you recommend cooking it?
If you don't like any of the answers you get, go on to the next booth.
You get the idea, Next time "What to ask the Bread and Meat Purveyors"