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What's a Tomato Worth?

What shall be the price of a just-harvested, organic or chemical-free, local tomato? Should a farmer charge what will keep his/her farm economically sustainable? Will a consumer find satisfaction and a price that's affordable?


Some consumers say they want chem-free produce, but shop at major chains because of perceived better prices. Informal research with local chains and our market confirms what's appeared in formal research: farmers' markets can compete with conventionally grown produce found in stores and with organic produce, they often do better than stores. 


The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont produced one such study (more info here)
Is locally-grown and organic food really more expensive? In the summer of 2010, a team of five interns collected price data at farmers' markets, co-ops, and grocery stores across Vermont to find out. The results? If you're looking for organic, the farmers' market is the place to shop. Of the items compared, all organic products except potatoes were cheaper at the farmers' market. Results for conventional items were mixed, with some items cheaper at the farmers' market and some cheaper at grocery stores.
Clintonville Farmers' Market's non-profit board believes increasing access to fresh local food is good for customers and good for farmers. In early 2011, we chose to jump through the not-so-many hoops required to provide Electronic Benefits Transfer of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (formerly called food stamps.) Some of the producers also take WIC and Seniors coupons. Money can also be saved in other ways at the market: by buying larger quantities and seconds that are not as pretty, purchasing produce at peak season (which is what eating seasonally is about), and eating a plant from root to shoot. Farmers know all the edible parts.


But, back to the good prices of organic produce at the farmers' market...There are other advantages to buying produce at the market...What's organic in stores is very possibly not local and certainly not as plump and recently-harvested and tasty as the tomatoes at market (see above.) And at the store, you probably won't find rare varieties like those from Slow Food's Ark of Taste. And certainly, store tomatoes don't come with a handshake and a story of how they were grown.


The local and direct farmer to consumer relationship works to sustain local farms and your plate. See you at the market!


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Past Headlines

April 21, 2016
Kids Garden Club will return to Clintonville Farmersí Market for 2016!
September 13, 2015
Acre/ CFM Kids Garden Club Wraps Up Season
June 11, 2015
Market to Hold Benefit Concert
April 25, 2015
Farmers' Market Sprouts Saturday on High Street
January 25, 2015
Two Join CFM's All-Volunteer Board
October 7, 2014
Raffle will fund return of market's Kids' Garden Club
April 12, 2014
Opening Day - Only 2 Weeks Away!
November 22, 2013
Farmers market soon will cede to Winter Wednesdays
July 5, 2013
ThisWeek article on CRC partnership
October 10, 2013
Columbus Alive article featuring CFM
September 6, 2013
TheMetropreneur.com article on Columbus farmers' markets
September 6, 2013
Columbus Dispatch article on local flowers
February 23, 2013
Nurturing Roots
January 9, 2013
It's Time to Shop Local Again!
October 31, 2012
Interested in Joining the Board?
September 27, 2012
What's a Tomato Worth?
September 5, 2012
When Temperatures are Hot and Rain Doesn't Come...
September 4, 2012
The Farmers You Meet at Market Work Hard for Your Food!
August 9, 2012
Market Celebrates 10 Seasons
June 26, 2012
It's summer, but we're thinking about a 1st-ever winter market!
June 7, 2012
Your Farmer Knows Just When it Grows
May 16, 2012
Skilled Cheese Makers Come to Market Each Week
April 12, 2012
Food Safety, Inspections, and Producer-only
April 2, 2012
Signing up for a CSA
February 21, 2012
Market Receives Grant to Connect Farmers and Customers
December 1, 2011
2012 Season
October 26, 2011
The season is over.....Except for our "Harvest Market" Nov. 19!
June 11, 2011
Get Your Latest Market News!
May 26, 2011
Friends of Market is Just Getting Started!
April 20, 2011
News of April 30 Opening Day
November 9, 2010
See our Market's Trip to Terra Madre
October 11, 2010
Watch the Clintonville Farmers' Market Food Community Video
September 21, 2010
Trip to Terra Madre


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