Farmers market lies exposed: hidden camera investigation (Marketplace)

Farmers market lies exposed: hidden camera investigation (Marketplace)

[ ♪♪ ]>>Charlsie: We’re inside
farmers’ markets.>>The home grown ones,
are they yours then, or…?>>Charlsie: Are you
really buying direct from the farm? Or are they feeding you lies?>>What’s the farm called?>>Uh, Koornneef.>>Charlsie: So that’s Koornneef
Produce, right over there. Not a family farm after all. Tracking down the truth. Consumers are paying
a premium for your product because they
think that you grew it. Are you ripping people off? This is your Marketplace. [ ♪♪ ] [ Chickens Clucking ]>>Charlsie: This is probably
where you think food from your local farmers’ market
comes from. [ ♪♪ ]>>Charlsie: But Lauren Nurse
wants you to know the truth.>>I think people go to the
market to have relationships with farmers and they think that
the people they’re buying food from are farmers, like me.>>Charlsie: And she’s
not alone.>>My name is Sam McClain. I’ve been farming for 27 years.>>Charlsie: These farmers
are letting you in on an industry secret. The people you are buying
from at your market may not be farmers at all.>>I think it is just being
misled or deceived, and…it doesn’t
sit right with me.>>People at the market don’t
know that and they’re buying that food and they are being
lied to, so it’s a real issue. And I am actually surprised that
it is not talked about more and I’m actually surprised
that, yeah, people don’t know. People don’t know. [ ♪♪ ]>>Charlsie: I’m one of
those people. I shop at farmer’s
markets all the time. You selling a lot of berries,
though, today? And I had no idea there may be
people who didn’t actually grow the food themselves. Can I try one of your berries?>>Yes, of course.>>Charlsie: Yeah?>>They’re called resellers
and we’re told they’re not always
upfront about it.>>All good for your health.>>Charlsie: So, our plan…>>This is it coming up, here.>>Charlsie: ..visit as
many markets as we can across Ontario.>>Just gonna turn all this on.>>Charlsie: These markets
are a billion dollar industry. But largely unregulated.>>Hi, how is it going?>>Hi, how are you.>>Charlsie: So, we’re going to
ask each vendor what they grow.>>Trying to go local today. Thank you.>>Charlsie: And then see
if their claims check out.>>Charlsie: It doesn’t
take long for us to start getting suspicious. [ ♪♪ ]>>Charlsie: At a busy
market in downtown Toronto, this vendor advertises his
produce as homegrown. But for field, yes.>>Charlsie: Added bonus,
it is chemical free.>>Is it from your place?>>Yep.>>Charlsie: He says
it is there is. But we spot boxes with a
different name under the table. And when we call
the name on that box, we discover it leads back to a
wholesaler who says those tomatoes weren’t
sold as pesticide free. The owner later says he tries
to label produce that isn’t his. [ ♪♪ ]>>Charlsie: That wasn’t the
only vendor it seems is trying to mislead us.>>Charlsie: At this market,
the vendor says the name of his family farm is Koornneef… But we saw produce
with that name at at least 3 other markets!>>the other place we spot
Koornneef, is at the grocery store.>>Charlsie: So that is
Koornneef produce right over there. Not a family farm after all. In fact Koornneef is a large
scale wholesaler and you can find them right here at
Ontario’s food terminal. When we follow up with
the owner of that stall they won’t comment. And they won’t tell us
if they grow anything at all. [ ♪♪ ]>>Over time it has
become much harder work. Much-needed, a much larger
acreage and some people have found it easier to just go to
the terminal and bring the produce in. So we have some pollen
in these cells up here.>>My name is Astrid Manske,
we gather honey in the Otonabee township and east.>>People are coming
not for the grocery store, if you go to the grocery
store if they wanted that.>>Charlsie: But at
market after market, we find stickers usually
seen at the grocery store. And even then, some vendors
claim the produce is theirs.>>Charlsie: But, the sticker we
spot here and at other markets all belong to the same producer.>>Red Sun. Red Sun. Red Sun, Canada.>>Charlsie: So that’s who we
are tracking down next. Red Sun is a
multinational company based in Kingsville, Ontario. There is over 1700
green houses there.>>So this total farm as
I think around 27 acres.>>Charlsie: Oh, wow. This is not where most
people think their local farmers’ market
food is coming from.>>Yeah, you can see the
temperature change?>>Charlsie: Yeah, it is
much cooler in here.>>The Red Sun president, Jim
Dimmena, doesn’t like hearing vendors are passing off his
produce as their own.>>I’m a little
troubled with that. We spend a lot of money and
time growing our products. We’re well over a
million dollars an acre. So it’s not a just a, “I think I’ll be a greenhouse
grower today.” That’s a serious
serious number.>>Charlsie: Most of their
product is sold directly to grocery stores. Produce that doesn’t make
the cut is sold off cheaper.>>It might be misshapen,
it might be too small or maybe even too big. So that finds its way to
a wholesale market and maybe somebody
would pick that up. Buy that from a wholesaler. And then, in turn, sell it to a,
you know, to a farmers’ market or something like that. [ ♪♪ ]>>Charlsie: At some markets,
we also find wholesale produce that is not from Canada at all.>>Charlsie: This vendor says
these peppers are local but the sticker leads back to a
large grower in Mexico. The vendor later tells
us he didn’t know. Hard to believe, but we find
lots of international produce at so-called local
farmers’ markets.>>Okay. [ ♪♪ ]>>Charlsie: So far in our test,
we have found reselling at eight out of the ten markets
we have visited. Some resellers are upfront,
but at four markets we catch vendors twisting the truth. [ ♪♪ ]>>Charlsie: Our last stop
is Peterborough’s Saturday market. It’s one of the largest farmers’
markets in the province. It’s also at the centre of a
battle between farmers and resellers. Headlines in the local paper
highlight the fight that’s been brewing. [ ♪♪ ]>>Charlsie: When we head in,
we’re not sure what to expect.>>Charlsie: We visit a range
of vendors and get a range of answers.>>Charlsie: Kent Farms is
one of the largest vendors with two large stalls. One run by James Kent.>>Charlsie: The other
by Brent Kent.>>Charlsie: They tell us
everything is grown by them or neighbouring farms. But after seeing stickers
like these again…>>Charlsie: And again.>>Charlsie: We’ve got doubts.>>Charlsie: It’s time to
check things out for ourselves.>>Charlsie: So there it is. [ ♪♪ ]>>Charlsie: So this is the
property record check which says that all of this along here
and there is the Kent’s. Just corn. [ ♪♪ ]>>Charlsie: Wow. Not a whole lot here other
than tractor beds. It is hard to know if we’re
seeing everything for sure because I can’t see
beyond those trees. But the only crop
I can see is corn. We stay on the Kents’ trail.>>Charlsie: And our
investigation heads south of the border. Where reselling
could mean jail time.>>We’re trying
to prevent fraud.>>Charlsie: This is
your Marketplace. [ ♪♪ ]>>Charlsie: Fresh from
this farm or fresh lies? [ ♪♪ ]>>Charlsie: We are tracking the
food you buy at farmers’ markets back to its source. [ ♪♪ ]>>Charlsie: For Lauren Nurse
that leads to her farm just outside Peterborough, Ontario. [ ♪♪ ]>>Charlsie: But for
other vendors, we’ve discovered,
that trail could lead to the Ontario food terminal. Canada’s largest wholesaler. [ ♪♪ ]>>Charlsie: We’re here early. The day before Peterborough’s
Saturday market.>>Charlsie: To see if
anyone familiar shows up.>>Charlsie: There’s James Kent. He’s told us, he grows
what he sells, but the day before market,
he isn’t in the fields. He’s here. [ ♪♪ ] [ ♪♪ ]>>Charlsie: The next day we’re
at the market when the Kents arrive. [ ♪♪ ]>>Charlsie: We watch as boxes
that look just like those loaded at the terminal
get unloaded here. And it’s not just his own
stall James is stocking. He also makes deliveries to
Brent Kent and another vendor at the market. Zucchinis are transferred into
market friendly bushels. Carrots unpacked from plastic. And this time,
those stickers are peeled off. [ ♪♪ ]>>Charlsie: The market fills
with shoppers and we head in too.>>Charlsie: We found no
evidence of radishes across from the Kents’. Everything across the street
is just I don’t know, wild vegetation. But we did see over half a
dozen boxes of radishes the day before. Alongside them, a variety of
produce including zucchinis and peppers.>>There’s no difference
between food that you buy at the grocery store and
food at the farmers’ market if it all comes from the
food terminal. It’s the same food. So people are being duped.>>Charlsie: But there is a
difference when it comes to price. Zucchinis and peppers
the Kents were selling, cost 50% more than what
we found at local stores that same day. A higher price point, but still
cheap enough to make it hard for farmers to compete.>>It’s our main sales venue
and so when someone is kind of, essentially,
completely undercutting us at every step of the way, that really affects
our bottom line.>>Charlsie: For Sam
and Astrid, it’s personal. They sell at the Peterborough
Saturday farmers’ market alongside the Kents.>>It’s important to the
customers that a farmers’ market be a farmers’ market
because they trust and believe without asking and
you break that trust, you break your customer base.>>A farmers’ market
is for farmers. And that is who
it should foster.>>Charlsie: Farmers like
Lauren. She sold at the Peterborough
farmers’ market too but after one season, was told there
was no longer room for her.>>I’m mad, I’m mad,
I want to be feeding my community in Peterborough. You know, I’m a farmer and
I should be selling at the farmers’ market,
it’s kind of preposterous.>>Charlsie: Across Canada,
there isn’t much protecting farmers or shoppers from
false claims but it doesn’t have to be this way. We head to California where
reselling is against the law. Inspectors visit each market
here four times a year. Today, they’re at the Santa
Monica market in LA looking for vendors breaking the law.>>Occasionally we’ll find
exotic pests that aren’t known from California.>>Charlsie: Ed Williams heads
the investigation department for LA County.>>What he’ll do is he’ll
just take a look at what’s on the table, verify it against
what’s on the certificate.>>Charlsie: Each farmer
must be certified to sell what they grow. And people even have
their clipboards hanging?>>Right. Their certificates are required
to be posted where people can see them.>>Charlsie: For people
who break the rules, what are the penalties?>>There is both a
monetary penalty possible, and a suspension.>>Charlsie: You could even
face up to six months in jail. So what does Ed think
of our test results? We found people who are
selling produce that they didn’t grow, but they’re telling
us that they did.>>Well, that’s what we
see on occasion here. We definitely see that and to
me, that’s nothing but fraud. [ ♪♪ ]>>Charlsie: To crack
down on fraud, Ed and his team don’t
just check the markets. [ ♪♪ ]>>Charlsie: They take their
inspections all the way to the farm.>>Surprisingly one of our
inspectors actually found leaks. They pulled one up, and there
were no roots.>>Charlsie: Someone had just
taken leeks and stuck ’em in the dirt, basically?>>Just stuck them in the dirt.>>Charlsie: Oh, my god. [ ♪♪ ]>>Charlsie: Kanji Yasatomi
sells at the Santa Monica farmers market.>>Kanji do you have
any new additions?>>No new addition.>>What Greg’s doing right now
is he’s actually seeing that there are signs that people
have been working in this area. [ ♪♪ ]>>I pick about roughly
50 pounds or so…>>Okay.>>..a week.>>Charlsie: Why do you guys go
to all this trouble to have guys like Greg come out here and
check things like dandelions?>>To make sure that the
consumer is not getting ripped off. People are willing to pay a
premium price for product at a farmers’ market, sometimes two
times as much as what you would pay in a regular grocery store. We’re trying to prevent fraud.>>Charlsie: Who is
looking out for shoppers here?>>We prefer to work
with farmers’ markets.>>Charlsie: That sounds
like a slap on the wrist. Consumers are paying a
premium for your product, because they
think that you grew it. Are you ripping people off? This is your marketplace. [ ♪♪ ]>>Charlsie: The real deal
on your Marketplace. [ ♪♪ ]>>Charlsie: Our investigation
to farmers’ markets found reselling at 70% of
the markets we visited. At half of those, vendors made
claims that didn’t check out. Shoppers at this market
don’t like our results.>>That’s a straight up scam.>>It becomes almost like a
marketing ploy which feels immoral to me.>>I could go to the
supermarket if I wanted to get food from mass producers.>>Charlsie: But in
Peterborough, Brent and James Kent told us they
grew produce they picked up at the food terminal. We’ve been reaching
out to them for weeks. We’ve been given no answers,
so we’re heading back inside the market. Hi there, I’m Charlsie Agro
with CBC’s Marketplace.>>How you doing, Charls?>>Charlsie: I’m well, thanks. Listen we’ve been trying to
get hold of you and we’d just like to know why you’re
misleading people saying that you grew produce
when you didn’t grow it, didn’t even come from your farm. Why aren’t you being
transparent about reselling? Because consumers are paying a
premium for your product because they think that you grew it. Are you ripping people off?>>No, why would you
say something like that? I’m trying to work,
please leave.>>We’ve got great food.>>Carlsie: I totally understand
that, but– James Kent doesn’t wanna talk
but we may get some answers yet.>>Sorry I’m on the board of
directors here and I just want to know what’s the issue?>>Charlsie: Mark Jones
represents the market board. He says they’ve chosen to
include reselling since produce isn’t available year-round.>>The very simple
reason is economics. The customers will decide.>>Charlsie: There may
well be a case for reselling, but it’s the issue about being
honest and open and transparent about it.>>We know that transparency’s
an issue and we’ve been working on that
with our farmers, okay? That takes time.>>Charlsie: So consumers
here will have to wait. As for the Kents,
a few days after our interview, we get an e-mail from James. He says he does grow some crops,
but also sells local produce from the terminal
because he believes it benefits his customers. [ ♪♪ ]>>Charlsie: But this isn’t the
only Ontario market where vendors misrepresented
what they sell. So our next stop is
the Ontario Legislature. And you shop at
that market a lot then?>>I do, I do, yeah.>>Charlsie: Jeff Leal is the
Minister Of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. We show him what we found.>>If somebody witnesses
that kind of activity they could file a complaint
with the Ontario Ministry Of Agriculture Food
And Rule Affairs.>>Charlsie: But what do
you think of that? That this is what is
happening in Ontario right now?>>Every time we receive a
complaint we’ll certainly make sure that we investigate.>>Charlsie: If you do do an
investigation, and you determined there was
misrepresentation, what is the next step?>>We prefer to work
with farmers’ markets to get it resolved.>>Charlsie: So, that sounds
like a slap on the wrist. That’s because there’s not
much more the ministry can do, not without rules
like those in California. Do you feel like there needs to
be legislative change here, something with a
little bit more teeth?>>And you made a good
suggestion to us today to look at the California model, and I
make a commitment to do that. [ ♪♪ ]>>Charlsie: We’ll
be watching. In the meantime, at your
next trip to the market, here’s how to put vendors
claims to the test for yourself.>>The things that they’re
selling are not in season. Zucchinis in June,
strawberries in early June?>>In behind there are the
boxes with the labels on them. If it’s somebody
else’s name on that box, then that person
didn’t grow it.>>Uniformity and perfectness. I mean the peppers
are all the same size. All the same shape.>>Just starting asking the
right questions and start seeking out the real farmers.>>You know, the best question
to ask is can we visit?>>If you don’t get an invite,
you can probably bet that they’re not farming.>>Charlsie: And if you think
you see misrepresentation in Ontario, the minister
says give them a call.>>Our 1-800 complaint line
is 1-877-424-1300.>>Asha: They’re
supposed to be free to try. But these little bottles of
anti-aging cream are giving Canadians new wrinkles.>>I am outraged at this
company’s poor business ethics.>>Asha: Even the
dragons are getting dragged in.>>They’re not entrepreneurs,
they’re shysters.>>Asha: We’ll show
you how they do it.>>It was supposed
to be for free. And now I’m
enrolled in something.>>Asha: Go in search
of who’s behind it. And we ask why
can’t anyone stop it? [ ♪♪ ]

100 thoughts on “Farmers market lies exposed: hidden camera investigation (Marketplace)

  • Amazing and absolute journalism, thank god Canadian hustlers aren't that smart, your supposed to PEEL OFF the produce's label off if you want to disguise your product, dumbass.

  • Mark Jones representing market board for the Peterborough market that told the One real farmer we seen interviewed there was NO ROOM? Turning a blind eye to missrepresentation on produce being resold? It stinks of a kickback. Hes a strait up criminal. Takes one to know one

  • I'm from Michigan and I'm surprised because everything at the farmers markets I've seen here and Wisconsin is usually atleast half the cost of the grocery store. I mean I understand why they should charge more being small farms but I never see it here. I would definetly be mad if I was paying more for something and it was a lie.

  • I find that food grown from actual farms in Canada have a different look and taste then the ones that are imported like it should be obvious if your food looks and tastes exactly the same as the ones you buy from the supermarkets vs the Canadian grown vegetables and fruit, have you seen how small a garden strawberry is compared to a store bought one I mean 🤨

  • Perhaps wrongfully, but in the Annapolis valley, pretty sure all the farms that have farmer's markets tend to sell mostly their own stuff. Not sure about downtown halifax markets though

  • I dont buy from farmer's markets. Only directly from farms or from little shops that carry produce from farms i can visit locally, but im talking about raw milk, goat and cow, and grass fed beef, eggs etc.

  • Look, I ask questions, I know if they are farmers or not and what they use in their produce. PLUS taste and look will say it all!

  • Your better off buying from the Mexican grown produce at dirt cheap prices and resell them at farmers market prices! I guess there’s peddlers in every market!! What a shame! I thought about selling my guavas and berries at events like this but it’s a peddlers market!

  • Nothing like the Farmers Markets I went to as a kid, it was completely obvious the food there came from real farmers and gardeners.

  • Any news on how this stuff is going on in Ontario now?

    All I know is, the farmers markets around Seattle are still legit…

  • That is sad! This people breaking real farmers !😳 so to eat the way you want – go to the farm and buy from there hands.

  • At the local farmers' market, I am the only farmer that grows everything that is sold. The other farms buy stuff from other farms and call it their own. One of the first regulations on the application is "that everything must be grown or produced on the farm". So tired of these "farmers" doing this.

  • I mean you do have to wonder when you're buying lemons and limes in northern Minnesota if your actually buying from a local farmer.

  • Another hint, if it's home grown it will be cheaper then the grocery store not higher. Real farmers markets are a small group of locals.

  • They are  usually women with children, retired men or women, a high school kid saving for a pick up truck. I mean if you even look at the sellers, hello !

  • This woman has cahoonies, proud of your works young lady. Time this industry is regulated and penalties issued for fraud.

  • Do the Kent’s pay the farmers market more to get a stall? The real farmer woman should be reinstated. The Kent’s are fraudsters

  • What pissed me off was that manager or what ever he was..he said they allow resellers because food from local farming cant be produced all year around but that farmer girl could not sell her stuff because it was not enought place for her. Like come on. These fuckers.

  • Resellers are the ones making more money than the real farmers…take them away.why are these resellers at the farmers market….

  • The only thing I can say is that sometimes you have to get boxes wherever you get boxes in order to transport your produce I'm not saying that they didn't buy it there I'm just saying what I have to do in order to transport my produce It makes it really tough because the stuff I actually grow doesn't look as pretty as a step you get out of a Box but is chemical-free and the people that buy their product produce and resell it are cheating the people that are working their butts off trying to grow it

  • I have purchased organic apples at the grocery store and I can taste chemicals on them.
    It is such a shame.
    Once upon a time everything was organic. Now it seems that we cannot escape being poisoned.

  • the fact that people believed that small farms could meet the huge demands of these markets in the first place … its all a gimmick. Finding truly 'organically' grown produce is so rare (and even rarer if you want it to be affordable)

  • Did you grow this yourself? No but I got it from somebody that said he knows a farmer, well he said he look like a farmer

  • I never ran into this problem at the farmers markets in small towns in Washington State. Perhaps, farmers' markets are regulated in Washington State. Is it different in the US?

  • As a country boy these vegetables do not look real at all. They look so plastic. Never in my life has I seen so many perfect bell peppers.

  • It's good to know here in Northern Ca. Some fruit & Veg. seller in farmers Market here. You can actually visit there farm and see the owner/seller actually doing the farming work. (They advertise their farm location, & you can buy their produce) I thought it's normal to see that but after this video I should be relieve and thankful that , what they're selling is actually coming from there farm.

  • Where i live in the netherlands my dad grew up on a fruit farm so he told us how to grow our own fruits. Im so glad i have this knowledge.

  • Those vendors who didn't even bother removing the stickers should get arrested for not putting effort in being dishonest.

  • I hope someone would love to investigate where from organic to whole foods coming :). A lot of they produce doesn't taste like organic at all. Literally.

  • I grow a lot of my own food in California. You can’t grow everything you want and need all year. The weather is not right. You have to buy from other countries like Mexico, Chile, etc. sometimes. I think the expectation that everything all year is local is unreasonable. Trouble is, then you have to trust other farmers in other countries. My most recent eye opener, tried to find better organic coffee to drink. Not too many choices. Shocking how many major brands are not organic.

  • I am from Sonora Ca. And I caught a Hispanic family bringing stuff from Mexico and selling it as home grown local. They came from Modesto, and I started questioning them since I know all our local farmers here. They packed up there stuff and left.

  • I don't believe there's as much of a difference between organic foods and GMOs that people are making it out to be. Which also means I don't think buying organic food at higher prices are worth it, and even less of people who sell their food that they got from wholesale and claim it to be homegrown.

  • I'm from Washington State. Our farmers markets ARE local. some farms are at multiple markets on the same day (i know as there are markets that are reasonably close to each other on the same day) but it is still local. I'm surprised Canada isn't the same.

  • The only produce I buy directly from farmers are apples and I go to their orchards and pick them off the trees myself. For all my other farm fruits and vegetables I shop at Costco.

  • Think about the produce recalls that have been happening and you go to your local farmers market and buy what you think is a local product, but in fact, it's from the food terminal, and the same products that apart of that recall. There is no accountability for these resellers because they are lying.

  • So whatttttt? They are working hard to sale the produce, their only sign is say that he grows the produce… everyone is free the buy wherever they want… instead of put your finger in honest and hardworking people, do something productive with your life

  • I sell the pumkins,squash, and melons at the local farmers market i dont grow alot of them but i take pride in my produce that took me months of labor and hardwork to grow its a shame that people take advantage over people

  • This all may be true but what's even worse is buying "last years apples at this years price" in retail supermarkets like Saveon, Safeway, Superstore, etc. And if you ask the produce manager they can't tell you how old they are. Hard apples like red del, golden del, galas, fuji granny smith, honey crisp, etc should last one year in your fridge without it going soft mushy or rotting on you.

    How do I know? Well not only did my parents own a 10-acre fruit farm in the Okanagan but a berry farm in GVRD. They had their farm for 15 years then turned it over to me to manage until I got tired. So when you buy apples that dehydrated quickly and are spongy in a week, that's why. If you should be pissed with anyone, it's the big chain stores the are robbing you! I confront all the stores all the time. Then I bag on them about the price and their lies. I threaten to expose them if they won't give me apples at better prices. The world, I huff, will know about it through social media.

    Yes folks. Every word is true. And theres more. The apples they sell are known as culls. In other words they're small and inferior. Typically used for baking or juice because they're oddly shapen and small. Farmers used to leave those on the ground and let them rot into fertilizer.

    NOW you know the full truth!

  • best is to identify local farmers near u.. go buy produce directly frm thm. n to the groceries fr out of season produce.

  • I use to work for farmers market and I can say they buy there supplies at cosco or any farm for a cheap price and sell it for triple. I remember they bought a bell pepper and and the farmers I work for is organic and the customers question me why is the bell pepper wax? i remember that till that day everyone got smarter and avoid any wax products. I'm surprised the lady didnt file a complaint. We do get inspection and we do have our banner and license documentation out but that doesn't mean anything.when the inspector comes he checks for products you are allowed to sell in your papers document but when he leaves they bring out other products that dont belong to the tent from the van. I'm talking about catched fish like salmon fresh only to the people that are regular buyers. Ps I'm not saying what farmers I work for

  • Makes me wonder how wide spread this is. Anyone know of similar things happening in the States? Midwest area is basically known for farmers markets, in MI they're everywhere and we all think they're local cause well… the state is basically a huge farm lol

  • Well….uummmm…..if you arent going to a farm itself and going to a market in the middle of downtown Toronto…..🤣

  • If I was a farmer, I would be pissed….The Government of Canada is NOT working protect consumers and farmers from these scammers!… This board of director weirdo is a part of the problem!

  • That is one thing America is great at, selling things as your own when it's not is a big deal and if there's proof it happened someone's in some trouble.

  • Of course most of these vendors don’t get their produce from a farm. A lot of them go to the food terminal off the gardener express.

  • Difference between politicians in Canada & the US: The Canadian ones don't deflect – they make commitments to actually get things done!

  • Yeah, I quit Bountiful Baskets when my box showed up with Safeway tags on stuff…and it was stuff on Clearance at Safeway!

  • Maybe this problem is more a Canada thing. Living in Washington, DC, i've been to all the farmers markets here. Every single vendor has the name of their farm and location clearly spelled out on their sign. I've never seen any produce at a farmers market that is out of season, or has a sticker on it. Perhaps the US is more regulated in this sort of thing.

  • I worked at the farmers market before. Half of there fruits and vege is from the Sam's and they charge the customer really high because they though its fresh from the farm or organic. After that I quit my job .

  • I say try and sell what ever you want for how however much you want.. that’s the American dream.. as long as your truthfull

  • Stopped going to these a long time ago… they see you coming that's for sure…. wanna go to a farmers market? go for a drive around farming country…. beautiful drive and real farm food.

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