At North Union, we are a certified producer-only market. All our produce, meat and dairy products are sold directly by the local farmer who grew the crop or raised the livestock.
Back in 1995, we followed the wise lead of NY Greenmarket and stood by the decision to operate a certified, producer-only farmers market. It’s made all the difference.
That’s right – we promise our communities will only find fresh, locally grown products sold directly by the farmer. We don’t accept any vendors who buy and re-sell another farm’s produce.
How can we make this promise?
We personally certify each farm with this careful process:
- Our trained staff makes an on-site farm inspection
- We review the crop list, site plan, number of acres in production and approximate harvest
- We require lease or ownership records and seed receipts
Our customers appreciate that we are a certified producer-only market – and so do our farmers! On our very first farm visit, we make a strong case that going directly to market increases sales and growth. We educate our farmers on how to do this successfully.
To handle the daunting task of certifying all our meat producers, we even added an organic meat inspector as a consultant – one with expertise in Ohio and USDA rules and regulations.
North Union is proud to be a certified, producer-only market. We are proud to earn trust in our communities – and to support local farms as they grow and strengthen their business.