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Questions to ask when visiting farmers markets

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I can think of some better questions...

Some of these questions just strike me as a lazy game of 'gotcha'. What exactly are these 'warning signs' you're looking for? A warning sign that small family farming is a perilous business? Do you ask the same questions when you go to the grocery store? Probably not.

Try these questions instead (off the top of my head):

1. Do you and your employees have access health care?
2. Do you and your employees earn a living wage?
3. What has President Trump's immigration policy meant for your ability to find and retain workers?
4. Do you expect to be able to continue farming in five years? Will your children want to take over the family business?
5. Why do you choose to grow what you grow?

Mark Sieffert 27 days ago

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