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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

FarmieMarket TM/SM is committed to providing a comprehensive and user-friendly local foods service to the residents of the Capital Region.  In doing so, we frequently encounter a handful of questions and inquiries that we would like to do our best to shed light on.  Below, you will find answers to some of these frequently asked questions:

 

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1)  Why should I buy local?

2)  Why is the produce selection limited at this time?

3)  Why are items priced higher than I find them at the grocery store?

4)  Are farmers held to specific standards?

 

Do you have other questions?  Send them here, and we will do our best to answer them for you as soon as possible.

 

 

 

1)  Why should I buy local?

 

Did you know that the average piece of food travels approximately 1,500 miles from a farm to your plate?  Oftentimes, the produce and meat you buy at the grocery store is produced thousands of miles away, on an industrial scale farm.  Animals are jam-packed into tight spaces, breeding disease.  Hormones and antibiotics may also be used on animals to maximize the productivity and profits of the farm.  Furthermore, produce is sprayed with a multitude of pesticides, picked weeks prior to being fully ripe, and sprayed with preservatives to keep items looking “fresh” as they make their way thousands of miles across the country in the back of a large truck to your grocery store.

 

Local products, particularly those sold through FarmieMarket TM/SM , are different from most produce and meats you might find at the grocery store.  Our farmers are held to high standards for the ethical treatment of animals and use more holistic means of pest management.  Produce is picked fresh, and delivered that day or the day after.  All of our farms are what we call “small” farms, maintained by individuals and families that take great pride in the healthy products they produce.  Furthermore, your food comes from local farms less in the Capital Region, so you can rest assured that your food has a lower carbon footprint than items at your grocery store.  Not to mention, you are supporting your local economy (rather than California’s).  

 

 

2)  Why is the produce selection limited at this time?

 

“You mean tomatoes don’t grow year round?”  No. Well, at least not in the Northeast.  

 

The Northeast’s growing season is limited, given its long cold winters.  During the winter months of January and February, it is virtually impossible to grow anything in the Hilltowns.  By the time you plant tomatoes in the spring, and they mature naturally to full ripeness for your enjoyment, it is July or August.  

 

This isn’t to say that you cannot eat local produce year round when you are living in the Albany area- you just have to adjust your diet to what is available.  The following table lists what products can be grown in our area during each season, and what ingredients you may want to stock up on to complete your local dinner menus throughout the year.  

Make sure you check back with FarmieMarket TM/SM  throughout the year to see what is fresh and local this season!

 

 

 

 

3)  Why are items priced higher than what I pay at the grocery store?

 

There are a few answers for this question, but really they all boil down to paying the “real” price for your food.  

 

Items at the grocery store are cheap because they are grown in bulk, with no individual attention to specific animals or plants, and farmers are paid very small amounts for the quantity of goods they produce.  As a result, many American farms have gone out of business and much of our produce comes from Mexico and Chile.  FarmieMarket TM/SM  gives farmers 100% percent of their asking price for their products, enabling farmers to stay in business.

 

Farming is not a cheap business.  Farmers feed their animals thousands of dollars worth of food during the winter to make it through the cold season when grazing on pasture is impossible.  Additionally, some farmers pay tens of thousands of dollars in property taxes because they own so much land.  They make payments on expensive farm equipment, additional labor, and electricity bills to heat greenhouses and keep livestock watering systems running.  These costs are so high for many farmers that they are forced to get off-farm jobs, despite the fact that they may already be working more than 50 hours a week on the farm.  FarmieMarket TM/SM  asks customers to pay the real price of their food, and stop leaving the farmer out in the cold.  If we want fresh domestic food to continue to be available, we need to help farmers make their business financially sustainable.

 

Lastly, FarmieMarketTM/SM  is more than just a place to find local foods- it’s a service.  It services farmers by helping them save time and money on marketing, allowing them to maximize their agricultural productivity.  It also services customers, by creating a one-stop place to buy a variety of products and delivering those goods to their doors, saving busy customers time spent on sourcing local products.  This service requires full-time attention, experience in marketing, and knowledge and experience in handling agricultural issues and products.  It also requires fuel and a vehicle to make deliveries, coolers to keep your food fresh, and a handful of delivery personnel.  

 

Together, FarmieMarket’s TM/SM products are listed at a price that is fair to everyone in order to sustain a local food economy into our region’s future.

 

 

4) Are farmers held to specific standards?

 

Yes!  All of our farmers are small farms, who provide individualized care to their plants and animals.  All of our eggs and meats are hormone and anti-biotic free.  Animals are treated ethically, which means practices like de-beaking chickens or keeping cows locked in a crowded barn all day are absolute “no-no’s.”  Additionally, our produce growers use natural fertilizers and responsible methods to control pests.  More information about each of our producers’ on-farm practices can be found on their "Meet Your Farmer" page, linked from each of their products.