Are you also dazzled by the listing of all preservatives, stabilizers and other “glutamates” on food packaging? Today we are figuring out whether it is worth switching to “natural organic product” and how such food actually affects our health and beauty.
A farmers’ market is a physical retail marketplace intended to sell foods directly by farmers to consumers.
There have been so many products with the prefix bio, eco… so it’s easy to get confused and make a decision. Remember: organic products are products made without the use of chemical fertilizers, GMOs, synthetic herbicides, and antibiotics. In addition, high requirements are also imposed on the keeping of animals – they must be in spacious stalls and have free passage.
Some indulgences are allowed in the production of organic products. So, animals can be kept without walking. Eco-products must be produced with care for the environment. Waste from production should not pollute water, it is forbidden to use heavy chemicals, but keeping animals in close quarters without walking and the use of steroids are allowed.
Each type of product has its own certification, you need to pay attention to it when buying. Farm products are not produced in large enterprises but in small farms, therefore, special organic certificates are not required from them. Often, all these types of products are mixed in the head of both buyers and sellers – they are simply called “natural”.
The pros for products from the farmers market are beyond question. Due to small production volumes, the use of traditional processing methods, natural lighting and remoteness from cities, the products are not only fresh but also environmentally friendly. Plus, farmers in their work do not use or seriously limit artificial additives, growth stimulants and chemical fertilizers – of course, this applies only to bona fide producers.
The higher cost of goods compared to mass-produced products seems unreasonable to many people. So what is the buyer paying for? The use of chemicals allows large agribusinesses to produce far more crops than greener producers. The same applies to keeping animals in private farms and taking care of their health without a course of antibiotics.
Plus, farmers often carry out product testing and purchase expensive equipment to keep the quality at the stated level. All these factors are reflected in the final cost of products. However, the situation with overpricing still takes place. In our country, farm products are still produced in small batches because producer cooperatives are barely starting to emerge. Therefore, each farmer independently sets a price for his/her product, weakly focusing on the “ceiling” of the market.
The human body produces certain enzymes to process a particular food. And the closer this food is in composition to that to which a person is accustomed from childhood, the better it is absorbed. Therefore, agricultural products produced near the place of residence are adequately perceived by the gastrointestinal tract, which cannot be said about imported non-seasonal vegetables and fruits.
Most of the farm products are sold close to production sites, so the products remain fresh, do not lose taste and color due to being in refrigerators, are not processed with substances that prolong shelf life, and do not lose their quality during long-term transportation.
Unfortunately, not all farm products pass the state examination without complaints. Even premium-priced goods are prone to exceeding the microbial background and E. coli. Perhaps the most harmless thing that farmers neglect is the mandatory labeling on raw milk “requires boiling.” It is important to understand that farm products are healthy and safe if they are produced by people you trust – in this growing field, the reputation of a farmer is very important.
Otherwise, remember that the only regulation for farms is rather vague standards of compliance with environmental norms and voluntary certification, which a bona fide manufacturer will pass. Therefore, you still need to be careful when buying natural products – not just “milk straight from under the cow” from the first sweet grandmother.
At the first request, the seller is obliged to provide product certificates and veterinary reports – if for some reason this request is received with hostility, you are not on your way with this manufacturer. If you decide to seriously switch to the use of products from the farmers market, the most proven way is to choose a pretty farm based on product reviews, contact the farmer and ask for a tour.
A conscientious owner who has nothing to hide will not refuse such a request because small industries exist thanks to word of mouth. And you will see in what conditions animals are kept and crops are grown.
There are a few rules for how to behave in the market to get away with really healthy products.
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is the main celebrity fan of everything organic and natural. She has a website dedicated to healthy eating – however, Paltrow do not eat meat products, being a vegan.
Julia Roberts and Jennifer Garner also advocate active health care and prefer not to buy vegetables but to grow them on their own. But if Jen is limited to fruit trees and a small vegetable garden, then Julia drives a tractor for cultivating a personal plot and consults with an agricultural specialist about her crops.
The singer Sting has long settled in Florence and built there a recording studio and several full-fledged farms that produce not only vegetables and fruits but also honey, wine, olive oil, cereals and meat products. The Sting food set can be purchased for a couple of hundred euros and includes natural jams, sage jellies, spices, root vegetables, sweets, pastries and much more.
The business has already developed quite seriously, today the products of the famous musician can be purchased in stores in the USA and Europe. The farmer admits that all his life he has noted a direct connection between quality food and quality music: “If I don’t eat well, I won’t be able to sing.”
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