Facts About Farmers Markets
- It's best to get there early but, if you can't make it until later what you'll get is still fresher then any that's been shipped to a supermarket, as most farmers pick their produce that day or the day before it's sold.
- Many Farmers depend on you to survive, many farmers count on the markets to get by, Many who participate in open markets run small operations and he profit margins are slim.
- If you spend $100 at a farmers' market $62 goes back into the local economy and $99 out $100 stays in the state. If you spend $100 at a grocery store, $25 stays here. So, where do you want your money to go?
- Please stop saying how expensive it is. Local farm products would sell for so much more in any specialty store, where there would be additional over head costs and mark ups.
- Farmers don't so deals. With a very thin margin, the prices are often incredibly fair and there's no room for bargaining. The best way to get a deal....be a consistent customer.
- It's not really about retail sales, it's about cultivating a relationship with people who are willing to spend a little bit more on something so much better.
- Standing out in the summer sun is nice, but the jobs isn't easy. Up early, loading trucks with heavy produce, being mindful of money, home late. Plus, when it rains, customers stay away and bad weather can easily damage product.
- Sometimes, vendors are only retailers not growers. If you think that may be the case, then just ask them.
- Farmers care about where their products is coming from.
- You can't have everything all the time. To offer the freshest and best tasting food for a reasonable price, you have to be patient with the farmers and their growing cycle. There are seasons where certain produce isn't available (even in California)
- The internet has changed farmers lives for the better. Customers from all over can keep connected to farmers through farm sites and Facebook pages. Here you can get information about CSA's, recipes, and farm news.