8 Questions to Ask at the Farmers Market


The Farmers Market is one of the hallmarks of summertime, providing farm-fresh items straight to your table. Whether you are a vendor or a shopper, it’s important to be able to know as much about the product that you’re bringing home as you can. Here are some questions you should ask when you’re at the Farmers Market, according to the Farmers Almanac.

Did you grow/raise this yourself?

From home-grown to wholesale, there are many different ways to fill a farm stand. Being able to answer questions about the origin of what is being sold is a way to show care and investment in their products.

Where is your farm located?

Generally speaking, a “local” farm is anywhere up to 150 miles away. However, some vendors might travel further with more regional items. If you have an item that is special to a certain area, highlight that fact!

What are the animals fed?

More consumers are becoming aware of animal husbandry practices and have questions about things like grass-fed vs grain-fed or free-range raising. Having that information on hand can foster a deeper understanding about the care behind the food.

Do you have any certifications?

The process of gaining certain certifications for produce and livestock is no small feat! Knowing what items have certifications and what those certifications mean is something more consumers are asking about.

What is currently in season?

Depending on where you are in the country, Farmers markets can be found year-round. From Spring to Fall, knowing what is in its peak season can help find the best items in the stand.

How do I store this?

Does it go in the fridge or on the counter? How long will it be good for? The farmers are the experts when it comes to knowing how to get the most out of your produce. If you aren’t sure, ask!

How can I prepare this item?

We all have our favorite ways of preparing produce and maybe you’ll find a new favorite! From old fashion bakery to a new favorite way to grill; you can learn new techniques and tricks to make your meals great.

What is coming next?

The great thing about Farmerss markets is that it’s always changing. You can’t plan everything, but knowing what is coming (or finished) next week is an exciting way to stay engaged with your food.