How to Identify Farmers Market Fraud

Fruits and vegetables at the farmers market are not cheap, especially early in the season. How do you know you are getting what you paid for and not just repurposed supermarket produce? Here are a few tips to help you identify and support honest local farmers.

There are numerous benefits to shopping at a farmers market. They provide you with the ability to buy affordable, locally grown products. The fruits and vegetables are fresh, sustainably produced, and bursting with flavor. Unfortunately a real and growing concern that we need to be aware of is farmers market fraud.

Continue reading to learn what farmers market fraud is. By taking just a few simple steps you can help ensure you do not become a victim yourself.

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How to Roast Red Peppers

When you end up with too many red peppers at home, roast them! It is a great way to bring out the flavor of your peppers, whether you grew them yourself or bought them at the farmers market.

Every fall I end up with a surplus of red peppers in my fridge due to a combination of good deals at the farmers market (usually $1 per pepper) and a good harvest from my garden. Important note here; if you’re buying farmers market peppers early in the season (July or August in the mid west) they likely be $2 or more per pepper. Wait! At some point in September there be a weekend where there will be a great deal on peppers; be ready to stock up!

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