FARMERS MARKET FRAUD

We touched on this story (Farmers Market Without the Farmer ) over a year ago and, sadly, seems like nothing has REALLY changed

L.A. Farmers Markets Exposed
Often, produce sold at stalls isn’t organic, grown by small farms — or even spray-free

He has watched the region’s markets morph from a few low-key affairs dominated by small farmers to profitable, competitive businesses where sellers can — and do — cheat and misrepresent with little fear of punishment. Etheridge deplores the “duping” of the public, who naively fill their eco-conscious reusable shopping bags with fruits, vegetables, nuts and herbs believing that they’re buying organic — or close enough.

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Even more reason to shop at our front porch farm stand where you really KNOW the FARMER and their FOOD.

FRONT PORCH FARM STAND

Open Sun – Fri /  9 am – 6 pm   Closed Saturday  (if you need to pick up after hours, let us know and we’ll leave the light on for you)

Stock up on healthful foods & goods for you and your family: organic soaps,  cold processed olive oil, non acid coffee, honey, organic fruits & vegetables, herbs, seeds & more

New at the farm stand ACORN PANCAKE & ACORN CORNBREAD MIXES

Give the gift of GOOD FOOD: inquire about our Gift Certificates & Baskets

If you like to receive weekly “Grocery List” & notices of our “Surplus Sundays”  sign up at (  info(at)dervaesgardens.com )

Customers who patronize the farm stand 2 or more times a month will qualify for “Preferred Customer” status and receive special invites to “Customer Appreciation” food events at the Urban Homestead.

Comments(14)

  1. Melina says:

    It always amazes me to see folks buying bananas, avocados, tomatoes in May, etc at our local farmers markets. I guess people don’t stop to think about what grows in the Rockies, or when the season is for certain crops. I would guess about half of what’s sold at our market is from the wholesale market in Denver. Sad.

  2. Cares says:

    I asked a lady in my orchestra about selling at the farmers markets as I knew she used to do so and she told me that she used to buy most of the fruit and veggies then just resell it at the markets!

  3. Cindie K. says:

    How I would love to dash from West Virginia to California for the privilege of shopping at your Farmers’ Stand!

  4. Nancy Kelly says:

    Everything you guys do is done so beautifully! What a nice arrangement. I too wish I lived closer to buy every week and attend a customer appreciation event (I would love a peak at your backyard.)

    AND I admire your consistency. For me and so many people, the principles you consistently practice are kind of a fad – if we’re busy, or tired, or having too much fun, a lot of things go by the wayside.

    Sincerely,

    Nancy

  5. Nebraska Dave says:

    Anais, you keep talking about the front porch stand at your house. Every time I get a glimse of the stand it inspires me to think about having one on my front patio for the neighbors. I’m not sure just what I would have on the stand but a small start with one Saturday trial. I don’t think I could run one open every day but once a week would be a doable thing. I’ve always thought a neighborhood food exchange would be a great thing to have. I hope your stand does really well and produces much income.

    Have a great weekend.

  6. Moonbeams and Eco-Dreams says:

    I always worry about that at these big Farmer’s Markets in Louisville. That’s why I buy from one farmer twice a week who I know is pure. If the weekend comes and I need a pepper I’d rather buy one from Whole Foods that is stamped Organic than take my chances.

    You are proving a wonderful service to those in your community. Cheers!

    • Gaya says:

      Whole Foods is just another Big-Lots. Snobbery at it’s finest. They refuse to sell things like emu oil because it “represents cruelty to animals”. Yet they gulp the dead emu itself. Go figure.

  7. Michelle Oaks says:

    I do think that a lot of people just don’t realize that this happens. My son and I are hoping to do well with our garden and be able to sell some of our produce at our local farmer’s market. We won’t be buying from someone else. If we can’t produce enough to have extra to sell then we will just have to grow more. I want to be able to have our produce be as organic as possible and I want to be able to say- this was picked fresh this morning. You can’t do that if you are selling something that someone else grew and picked and you don’t even know when it was picked

  8. Kris says:

    Anais, I’m just curious, do you typically sell out your front porch market produce? Have you ever thought about selling at your local farmers market, and if you don’t do so what are the reasons? I know it would be impossible to compete in scale with the larger farms, but you grow some unique things, and are clearly local/organic, so I would think would sell well. With the way your farm has been featured in the local/national media I would think people would flock to your stand at the farmers market. I’m just curious as to why you don’t do that (or maybe you do and I just didn’t realize?).

    • Anais Dervaes says:

      We started selling our produce from the garden over 18 years ago. Our first customers were local, small restaurants, caterers and tea shops. Over the last twenty years, we’ve often toyed with the idea of going to farmers markets but selling directly off the farm stand we think works better – there is no waste. Customers get exactly what they order and we pick fresh the day of their picking up. Sorta like a customizes CSA box.

  9. Kandi says:

    We have several small ‘good’ farmer markets and one large farmer’s market which to me is nothing more than a huge outdoor arts and crafts resale shop. You have to search to find any food and then you wonder where it came from. Not that I have anything against arts and crafts but it seems to not fit under the category of farmer’s market to me.

  10. Bonnie says:

    I lived in Tucson for a while and looked for farmer’s markets to buy my vegetables. I found one and decided to check it out. One vendor had beautiful peppers and tomatoes. “Do you grow these yourself?” I asked.
    “Yes, I do,” she answered.
    So, I reached to choose a few tomatoes to take home, turned one over and it had a little blue sticker, “Grown in Mexico.”

  11. Bev says:

    I wish we lived near you guys (I don’t even live in the same hemisphere) because you’d definitely get my regular patronage at your stall!! Keep up the good work!! Blessings, Bev

  12. Laura Williams says:

    Sadly, true farmers markets are a thing of the past.

    There are many markets and roadside stands around here but if someone is observant you can tell who isn’t the real farmer.

    Roadside stands in front of houses but no garden anywhere in site.

    Farmers Market stands that have produce that is not grown in this area due to the climate — like Pineapples — or produce that obviously are waxed like cucumbers, zucchini etc.

    These people are going to the markets down in the city (40 minute drive) and buying the items in bulk and then selling them.

    That is not a true farmers market or roadside stand.

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