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Farmer's market appeals to organic food customers

July 12, 2011

Birgit Biehl discusses her natural beauty products with Olivia Houin at the Farmers’ Market Saturday morning.

PLYMOUTH — Summer is in full swing, and so is business at the Plymouth Farmers’ Market.
An average of 30 venders set up their wares on the corner of Garro and River street each Saturday morning, with offerings such as produce, meat, plants, baked goods, and natural handmade crafts. Bob Yoder, of the Marshall County Purdue Extension, said that the farmer’s market could appeal especially to those interested in organically grown food.
“The clientele who likes organic food also likes to know how their food was raised,” said Yoder. “They take the source of their food seriously and they are more inquisitive.”
Although not all of the food for sale at the farmer’s market is certified organic, customers have the opportunity to talk to the grower and ask specific questions about the growing environment and procedures. “That’s what’s great about buying local—you can talk to the person and ask what was done,” said Yoder. “It’s nice to have the opportunity to visit with the person and get to know them.”
Yoder added that some of the produce at the farmer’s market may have been grown organically, but not certified as such because the growers do not have enough quantity to justify to cost of becoming certified.
“I get excited about our farmer’s market because it gives (growers and producers) the chance to be an entrepenor,” said Yoder.
Farmer’s market manager Tom Keb sees the farmer’s market as not only a grocery stop, but also a meeting place for members of the community.
“You can meet a lot of local people,” said Keb. “I have seen old relationships rekindled and new friendships made. It’s a good place to come and talk to people—and get some good food.”
The vendors, said Keb, are more than happy to discuss their product with customers; not only how it was grown but also how to cook it and eat it. For those curious about the farmer’s market, Keb thinks that experiencing it firsthand is a must.
“There’s no better way to learn about something than to come and find out,” said Keb.

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