Be a Good Farmers’ Market Customer

Be good to your market vendor and they’ll be good to you

Citizen Reader
ILLUMINATION-Curated

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market vendor handing piece of fruit to customer at farm market stand with fruit display
Photo by Erik Scheel: https://www.pexels.com/photo/person-giving-fruit-to-another-95425/

For nearly two decades, I helped my parents sell fruits and vegetables at a local farm market.

We strove to be good vendors who sold high-quality food to our customers. We tried not to use any commercial pesticides or herbicides; my father was fanatical about picking produce at its peak; and my mother would always give you a discounted price if you bought larger quantities.

I learned how to grow food, how to display it at a farm market stand, and how to make change. I also learned extreme gratitude for good customers.

Here are some ways you can be a good farmer’s market customer, and get the most out of your local food ecosytem.

Be a good citizen in line

Farm market vendors have a lot going on. Mostly they notice who has arrived at their table in what order but not always. If someone cuts you off in line, try to be patient. They’ll get to you as soon as they can, and really, they can’t control rude people either, as much as they might want to.

If you are waiting in a line, that’s when to decide how much of what you might want, rather than doing a lot of dithering while you’re being waited on. Now, nobody begrudges you for…

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