Farmer Market Scams

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Farmers markets are a growing trend.  Over 50% of consumers when asked said it’s more important to buy local rather than organic.

  • Farmers markets don’t always mean organic, wholesome and local. Farmer market fraud is rampant
  • Check if the food is “certified organic.”  If the farmer says it’s too expensive to register organic, try another farmer
  • Terms like chemical free, natural, organic methods and green washing all sound good but have no regulatory requirements
  • All farmers do not sell local food.  Farm markets is where buyers resell their produce which they bought elsewhere.  The produce is not usually local.
  • Look for a real farmers market.  Ask where the farm is located and if it’s a “producer only market”
  • Watch for grocery stores that sell their own produce in their parking lots and call it a farmers market

 

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