This is a photo from my very favorite local farmer's market, courtesy of Dane County Farmer's Market. My favorite time of year is farmer's market season! I grow a small urban garden in my back yard, and I belong to a local CSA, but there is always a reason to visit the market every weekend. Likely, it's to get local, fresh, grass-fed cheese curds. And of course, when cherry season is upon us, as it currently is, well, you have to get up bright and early to score some lovely tart cherries for your next homemade pie. Whatever your fancy, the market has it, and there's not a better way to support your favorite local farmers!
Check out this article listing some very practical advice for shopping at your local farmer's market.
I am pleased that the article points out the importance about asking the farmer what types of sprays and/or pesticides are used if they are not certified organic. The certification process is extremely costly, so many small producers cannot afford it. However, much of the time, if you ask, you will find that they practice organic farming, and the result is produce that may even be cleaner than certified organic standards. If you can find these farmers, you're likely to save a little money, but still get very high quality, organic produce, so don't be afraid to ask! Buy local and know your farmer. It makes all the difference!
What are your favorite farmer's market tips? Please share in the comments section below.