Watch for buzzwords: natural, specialty, estate, artisan, local, and organic
Some farmers that will say their produce is organic, but in order to say that they must be certified by an organic agency, and undergo an inspection. You can always ask to see their organic certification. Most organic farmers are proud to display organic certification.
The Internet has changed farm life for better
Customers from all over can keep connected to farm sites and Facebook pages, and can join mailing lists to hear about special crops, prices, CSA lists, and more.
Sources: Nancy Gammons of Four Sisters Farm and Watsonville Farmers’ Market, Ersilia Moreno owner of Olive Oil of the World, Adriana Silva owner of Tomatero Organic Farm, cowtownfarmersmarket.com, Mark Santoro owner of Gaia’s Breath Farm