Faux Farmer’s Market Stand

John Jay Homestead Farmers’ Market is open Saturdays 10-2 and fits these criteria as a REAL local food market!

Summertime means farmers’ markets! These havens of fresh and local produce have gained massive attention over the past couple of years, evolving into places where families gather on weekend mornings. But, not all vendors are made equal! Here are our top three ways to spot out a faux farmer’s market stand:

 

  1. The produce isn’t in season or doesn’t grow in your area.

If a “local” vendor is selling items like pineapple or avocado in NY, they are most likely produce resellers. This link provides a harvest calendar from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets that shows what’s in season each month.  Of course, keep in mind some items may be grown in greenhouses out of their normal season like lettuces or tomatoes.

 

  1. Is it a producer-only market?

Not all farmer’s markets have the same enforced guidelines on who can sell and what they can sell. Check to see if they have a stand dedicated to the farmer’s market organization. If it is a producer-only market, then all the vendors are selling directly from their farms.

 

  1. The farmer/vendor cannot answer basic questions.

Ask the farmers about their produce! Try to ask beyond one to two questions and dig deep about their planting cycle and how they grow their food. Larger farms may not send their main growers or owners to farmer’s markets, but each vendor should know enough to answer these questions.