Just wanted to comment on this statement: *There's no guarantee that the produce you get at farmer's markets is all grown locally, rather than bought at a distributor or supermarket, unless you know the vendors.*
It also depends on your market. Our market is "producers only", which means the vendors are required to grow or make everything they sell. The market manager visits all the farms to ensure they are legitimate operations.
Also on pricing - I once wondered about the comparative pricing. The grocery store tends to mark things by the pound, while the market is by the quart / box / whatever, which can make it seem more expensive. So I took my quart box of cherries from the FM and weighed them at home and sure enough - they were cheaper than the grocery store. I've done the same with other items and it always works out that way.
- 1/15/2012 4:56:51 PM