Visit to the organic farmer

Most organic farmers market their products themselves. This means that the products are sold directly on the farm. That sounds a bit cumbersome at first, after all, not everyone has an organic farm around the corner. For the consumer, however, shopping on an organic farm also has advantages, for example that the goods are cheaper. With direct marketing, the products also get “a face and a story” because the consumer can see directly where the food comes from.

Advantages of direct marketing by organic farmers

Most organic farmers market their products themselves, which means they offer them for sale on their farm. This has advantages for the consumer. Not only that the products are significantly cheaper because there is no intermediate trade.

Shopping on a farm is also less anonymous: for example, you can find out about animal husbandry and cultivation on site, and you can also learn a lot about the work on a farm along the way. The farmer himself vouches for the quality of his products and not an anonymous label, which we – let’s be honest – don’t trust anymore anyway.

Bulk shopping at the organic farm

To make it really worthwhile, you should be traveling by car. Because direct marketing from the farm usually involves larger quantities, for example a sack of  potatoes  or a pallet of apples. The journey is therefore suitable for filling up the freezer and pantry.

If you have to travel far, it makes sense to make an appointment by phone. Smaller farm shops in particular are mostly run by the owners and employees of the farm alongside their daily work. As a result, opening hours may be limited.

Farm shop and weekly market

An alternative to visiting the organic farm is the farm shop. Here, organic farmers sell food that is produced on their farm, but also much that is also available in organic shops, such as  breadmilkcheese , pasta and – depending on the size of the farm shop – other  organic foods .

In many places there are also weekly markets where organic farmers sell their products.

farm communities

In addition to the forms of distribution mentioned, there are also farm communities, which have become rare today, i.e. associations of farmers and craft businesses that produced food from the farmers’ raw materials: millers, bakers, butchers, cheesemakers or brewers. For example, they produce cheese, bread or sausage, but also compote, baking mixes,  honey  or apple juice.

Such companies need a certain size in order to be able to work economically. They sell their products not only through their own farm shop, but also to organic shops in the region and other bulk buyers such as daycare centers or canteens.

And finally, you can also spend an excellent holiday on an organic farm. For parents, this has the inestimable advantage that the children are kept busy and the room and board prices are very cheap compared to hotels.

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