Know Your Farmer – Know Your Food

Why You Should Shop at Farmers Markets

Produce sold at Farmers Markets was probably picked just hours before you purchased it.  It is fresh, crisp and packed with flavor. As produce ages it begins to lose nutrients. Fresh produce sold at Farmers Markets may actually be more nutritious than produce shipped to your local grocery store.

We take pride in being stewards of the land and doing our part to produce the safest, most abundant food supply of any nation in the world,” observes Tyson Roberts, a sixth generation farmer from Layton. “It is very rewarding to help feed the world.  Farmers today receive less than 10 cents of every retail food dollar. Shopping at Farmers Markets eliminates the middleman and allows farmers to receive the full retail price for their products.

Between 60 and 70 percent of Tyson Roberts yearly income now comes from retail sales at Farmers Markets. As the value of direct purchases increase for farmers, the lure to sell their farmland for development decreases. Open spaces provided by family farms are an irreplaceable asset for all of us. Farmlands in our communities are more than just beautiful; they provide habitats for the wildlife that help make our state unique.

Family farms will only survive as long as they are financially viable. By supporting local Farmers Markets today you are doing something proactive to help ensure that there will be farms and open space in your community for tomorrow. For more information and Farmers Markets locations click here.
For more information on how to know your farmer click here.

Food Safety Guidelines for Fresh Produce:

  • Wash your hands, utensils and surfaces with hot soapy water before and after handling fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Clean all produce thoroughly with cool tap water just before you use it, even if you will not be eating the rind or skin.
  • Make sure all pre-packaged and cut produce is kept refrigerated or iced.
  • Discard any cut produce that has been left at room temperature for more than two hours.
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