DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR FOOD COMES FROM? TYLER THAYER, OF AIM FARMERS MARKETS, DOES.
Imagine setting foot on every farm that feeds you. More specifically, visiting the 230 farmers, ranchers, fishermen,
and dairy producers of the Marin Farmers Markets on their home turf. Sounds like quite an endeavor, right? Exciting,
educational and . . . time intensive. That’s where Tyler comes in. Since AIM launched its Farm Audit Program in 2010,
Tyler and his team have done just that. Check √.
Why? Because the foundation of any farmers market community is trust. In 2010, NBC did an undercover investigation of farmers markets in Southern California and revealed that some vendors had been lying to customers, selling
produce they had not grown themselves. The proverb “one bad apple spoils the barrel” rang true, and public trust in
farmers markets took a hit.
In an effort to be proactive in ensuring the integrity of our own farmers markets, AIM created the Farm Audit
Program. The goal is to verify that all the goods brought to market by the producer are indeed being grown, raised,
fished, and cultured by that same producer. This helps guarantee that AIM’s farmers markets are transparent, fair, and
trustworthy, in addition to being fresh, local, and delicious.
Starting this fall, you will notice the new green “AIM Checked” signs displayed at AIM’s farmers markets, signifying that
the vendor has been verified by our Farm Audit Program. To learn more about the people and programs that support the
Marin Farmers Markets, visit agriculturalinstitute.org.
Photo by Gary Yost
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