This weeks blog post comes from Werner Minshall of terrataste.com. Werner is an expert in all things organic and farmers market. For more information visit http://www.terrataste.com or follow him on instagram @terrataste
Navigating the farmers market for the first time can be a challenging and overwhelming experience if you are looking for the best quality, locally sourced and organic ingredients. I remember my first time at the farmers and how overwhelmed I was with all the choices and farmers. So how do you know which farmers, ranchers and fish mongers are the best? Well, I have developed a simple checklist to help you.
1. Familiarize Yourself with the Market
Walk through the market one time. As you are walking notice what is in season and look for farms that have the organic certification. The farm is required to have a certificate (a piece of paper) visible with all of its products listed that are grown organically. Also, look for farms with produce that looks earthy and rugged. Mother Nature doesn’t have a specific look. It is okay if the produce has spots, bruises or holes.