Best Practices for Shoppers at the Farmers' Market

Farmers’ markets are popular, diverse places to shop for fresh, local food, nursery stock, handmade crafts, and much more. This 3-page fact sheet is one in a “Florida Farmers’ Markets” series and offers recommendations for shoppers for a successful farmers’ market experience. Written by Maria Rometo, Jamie Sapijaszko, and Soohyoun Ahn and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, November 2017.

Consuming local vegetables from our local growers

Figure 1.  Fruit and vegetable stand on Krome Avenue in Homestead.In recent years, consumers increasingly are seeking out locally grown foods, due to concern for freshness, food safety, and the carbon footprint associated with food sourced from distant places. This 5-page fact sheet promotes local vegetable consumption by pointing out some of the advantages, benefits, and business opportunities associated with local vegetable production and consumption. Written by Qingren Wang, Edward A. Evans, Margie Pikarsky, and Teresa Olczyk, and published by the UF Department of Horticultural Sciences, September 2014.

Productos frescos de la Florida (FCS8708Span/FY401)

Muchos de los productos se encuentran en los supermercados durante todo el año, porque se producen en otros estados, pero ¡no son tan frescos! Este tabla muestra la temporada alta para comprar frutas y verduras frescas en la Florida en los mercados del agricultor, locales y puestos de venta en la carretera. Las frutas y verduras cosechadas en su punto tienen mejor sabor y características nutricionales. This revised 2-page fact sheet was written by Jennifer Hillan and Claudia Peñuela, and published by the UF Department of Family Youth and Community Sciences, February 2011.

Florida Fresh series

This is a series of 2-page fact sheets by Claudia Peñuela about fruits and vegetables available in Florida’s farmers’ markets. They include nutrition facts, brief discussion of why consumers should buy locally, information about where and when the produce is available in Florida, selection tips and recipes. Published by the UF Department of Family Youth and Community Sciences, August 2009.

  • FCS8877/FY1099: Cucumbers
  • FCS8881/FY1121: Pecans
  • FCS8876/FY1115: Persimmons
  • FCS8878/FY1101: Cantaloupes
  • FCS8880/FY1119: Summer Squash
  • FCS8674/FY273: Tomatoes (revised, with Jennifer Hillan)
  • FCS8879/FY1117: Lettuce