so okay.... I'm a fan of grow&eat local.
I'm fortunate enough that I can afford higher prices/costs for things I find to be really top notch quality / freshness / heh, whatever. otoh, I won't pay below going prices for junk; not want it, don't need it, don't bother me with it.
I'm also a fan of "supporting your local (whatever)" - I have to eat, they have to eat, seems there should be some mutual ground there.
the upshot of which is: I have eight local "farmers' markets" to choose from, and a whole raft of "chain megamarkets" - my neighbor pointed out I should shop at the Giant 'over there' because it's a more upscale neighborhood and the fish selection is better. I was complaining about the fish at my local branch, and , , , ahhh, he's right.
but, anyhow, back to the "farmers' markets" - here's my take:
I'm looking for consistency. it totally po's me to no end to make a special trip to a market only to find out that 'really good' vendor isn't there comma that day/week/month.
Do not confuse that concept of consistency with idiotic unrealistic ideas that I should be able to buy locally grown-in-New-England oranges in February, just because they had them 8 months ago.
cheese, chicken, beef, veggies, bakery - not a whit's of difference. if you've got good product and I'm looking for you and you're not there regularly "on schedule" - oops, your bad. not likely to make that special trip again.
check out your neighboring vendors.
I walk / drive around the market, check out the back.
if all I see is corrugated cases of the same stuff I find in Giant (and probably cheaper) why bother?
there is guilt by association. you could have the bestest freshest stuff on the planet. if the world around you is selling crated stuff from the local green grocery distribution center - and probably "rejects" from their better customers, what is my motivation to pay more for less Ã¢â‚¬â€œ or even bother showing up at my local Ã¢â‚¬Å“non-localÃ¢â‚¬