With the 2013 Wilkes-Barre Farmer’s Market starting tomorrow, I thought now would be the appropriate time to share some tips from the Sierra Club for navigating the farmer’s market like a pro. Read on:
As a child, you were told to eat your vegetables. Now, you’re told to buy them local and organic too. Calls to buy sustainably sourced groceries are often and easily said, sure, but actually buying them is becoming more easily done. Farmers’ markets are multiplying like heritage-raised rabbits. Here are a few tips to help you Navigate the farmers’ market like a pro.
Determining a farm’s environmental impact can boil down to two questions, according to Jule Cummins, the director of education for the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA).
First, how does the farmer manage pests?
“You don’t have to know the names of a bunch of big chemicals to understand their answers,” Cummins said. “A very environmentally sustainable farm will be doing preventative things to manage their pests, such as rotating their crops or planting habitats for beneficial insects.”