Farmers Market Without the Farmer Part 2
Back in August I wrote about the increasing foodwashing at Farmer's Market
My family and I knew about the "dirty little secrets of farmers markets" years ago and wondered why nobody did a story ... till now!
With the increasing popularity of Farmers Market sprouting up, this week our local TV station did a investigative report and uncovered some disturbing facts.
False Claims, Lies Caught on Tape at Farmers Markets
They're popping up in nearly every Southern California neighborhood. We're talking about weekly farmers markets, where local farmers sell produce they say they grew themselves, and often claim is pesticide-free.
There are now more than 300 farmers markets in the LA area, with more opening every month. But an NBCLA undercover investigation has revealed that some farmers at these markets are making false claims and flat-out lies about the produce they're selling.NBCLA's investigation began this summer, when we bought produce at farmers markets across the LA area, and then made surprise visits to farms where we were told the produce was being grown.
We found farms full of weeds, or dry dirt, instead of rows of the vegetables that were being sold at the markets. In fact, farmers markets are closely regulated by state law. Farmers who sell at these markets are supposed to sell produce they've grown themselves, and they can't make false claims about their produce.
Some tips to help you navigate the world of Farmer's Markets
Warnings signs that the food is not locally grown
beware of stickers
produce out of season: ie corn in december
too much surplus
constant supply - all food all the time
when you ask questions the folks behind the table about the location of farm, they look at you like "farm what farm?"
if you ask to visit their farm and they beat around bush
And like report said, " If the farmer can't give you specific answers, or seems unwilling to answer your questions, market operators say you should walk away."
Or better yet Grow Your Own!
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