Not all Farmers’ Markets are Real!
By Sophia Lee
That is if you go by the definition of a farmers’ market. A farmers’ market is where farmers sell their homegrown produce, live animals and plants, and sometimes prepared food or beverages.
To show the difference of what a real farmers’ market is like, I will compare the St. Paul Farmers’ Market to the Minneapolis Farmers’ Market.
St. Paul Farmers’ Market Instagram
At the St. Paul Farmers’ Market, all the products are 100% locally grown. From the corn to the blueberries, all the products have to be grown by the vendors, NOT bought at a store or depot to be sold. The St. Paul Farmers’ Market has a history of over 150 years and was the city’s first public market.
Selling locally grown produce is healthier, as they don’t have as many pesticides as those in supermarkets. Besides, organic foods at the farmers’ markets are cheaper than their counterparts in grocery stores. With so many benefits, is it any wonder why so many people love to shop at farmers’ markets?
But that’s not all! The St. Paul Farmers’ Market also has fresh honey, various kinds of meat, maple syrup, and more. While shopping, you can take a quick break and grab a donut and coffee to go. In the summertime, be sure to get some lemonade as it can get really hot even in the morning! With over 100 vendors, there is plenty to see and to buy.
See their full vendor list here.
Since the market is only open on the weekends, be sure to keep your schedule open to get some fresh fruits and vegetables weekly.
Minneapolis Farmers’ Market
While the Minneapolis Farmers’ Market has many fresh produce that is locally grown, they allow vendors to buy produce elsewhere to sell. If you look into the rules and regulations for Minneapolis, the vendors are not required to locally grow their food or to take care of any plants that they might want to sell in the market.
This is the opposite of the St. Paul Market as every vendor is required to oversee/grow their own produce and take care of plants for at least a month before selling them to customers.
This shows how the Minneapolis Farmers’ Market does not fall into the true meaning of a farmers’ market and sadly many farmers’ markets across the U.S. are allowing for wholesalers to sell produce from different states (or even countries).
By allowing wholesalers into farmers’ markets, it gives more competition to small local farmers in the state. Wholesalers already sell produce and other foods in supermarkets, which isn’t what people who go to their local farmers’ market want.
Don’t we all want fewer pesticides on our food?
Healthier, fresher foods than those in supermarkets that have been shipped for a couple of days? In the St. Paul Farmers’ Market, many of the vegetables are picked right before they go to the market to sell them. Everything tastes better when it’s fresh, which is why we should start encouraging farmers’ markets to regulate their vendors. Plus farmers’ markets are fun to shop at!
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