Regardless of the nuances of your market policies, shoppers come to farmers markets expecting to buy farm products directly from the farm that grew, raised, or processed them. Likewise, farmers expect there to be a “fair playing field” among vendors. And market managers expect vendors to clearly and completely represent their farm and products sold at market. These expectations play a major role in how much shoppers, vendors, and managers “trust” the market. The direct and authentic connection between farmers and shoppers is one of farmers markets’ core distinguishing features.
Market Integrity and Farm Verification (April 2016)
- Inspection Criteria
- Load Sheet – Santa Monica Certified Farmers Market
- Organic Labeling at Farmers Markets from USDA (2015)
- Vendor Concern Form from Portland FM (2016)