Questions to ask your farmer
Kansas City is fortunate to have access to a number of farmers markets that only accept vegetable and fruit producers who agree to grow using organic methods. Organic growers avoid the use of conventional fertilizers, insecticides, herbicides, and other biocides, and they strive to preserve the health of the living soil. The farmers at these markets who produce meat, eggs, and dairy products agree to avoid the use of synthetic growth promotants such as hormones and sub-therapeutic antibiotics.
However, often the most convenient market to you is what we call a "mixed" market. That is, a market with vendors and farmers that grow organically OR conventionally; using common pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, and who may or may not be raising their animals in the best possible way. These questions are designed to help you navigate these mixed markets, and to help you develop a trusting relationship with your farmers.
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