We always hear people saying that buying homegrown produce from their local farmer’s market is a better option than shopping for produce in stores, right? Well, what if we told you that the produce you’re getting at the farmer’s market is not what you think?
There is a growing issue with wholesalers here in the US as well as Canada. People buy wholesale produce and go to the farmer’s market trying to pass it off as if they had grown it on their own family farms. While some people are upfront about this kind of thing, it appears most are ready to lie in order to make a sale. Laws are present in places like California which make it a bit harder on those who try to do this but still, some are managing to make it through the cracks.
There are thousands of farmer’s markets across the United States and some states have more rules than others in regards but there are a few that don’t seem to regulate things much at all. When it comes to buying things at a farmer’s market one of the worst things you can do is assume that everything you’re buying is coming from where the sellers are saying it is. Resellers are a very real issue and are taking away from those who do work hard to really make a difference in the homegrown community.
Some of these resellers even go so far as to claim their foods are pesticide free or completely organic when they might not be depending on where they bought them from in the first place. You never truly know what you’re getting. They could literally be selling you avocados from Mexico and if you never really looked into it, you would never know.
When it comes to this kind of thing paying attention to the seasons in which things grow and other things of the sort might help you figure out if the seller you’re looking into buying from is being honest or not. Don’t get me wrong, not all resellers are horrible but dishonest ones are.
There is nothing wrong with wanting to make a buck but if you’re going to do it you need to do it honestly instead of basically conning people out of their cash. They care where their food is coming from and you shouldn’t be taking that away from them. Knowing which questions to ask and how long to wait for the answers is essential when it comes to this kind of thing.
MyHomeSteadLife.com says as follows in regards to things that you should be asking those who are selling:
Are they the farmer?
Where is the farm located?
What are their growing practices? Example: Organic, Naturally Grown, Conventional
What do they do for pest control?
Do they use GMO seeds? If they don’t know what GMO is, move on.
Can you visit the farm?
When was the item harvested?
Did they grow it?
If they didn’t grow it, where did it come from and how was it grown?
How to prepare it?
To learn more on this please feel free to check out the video below. It goes over how some of this works and really gives you a proper look into the world of reselling. While you might not have ever thought to take this kind of thing into account now you will. Knowing the source is important and when the person who claims to be the source is lying, we have a problem.
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