Sitting here this afternoon, reading everyone's blogs, I came across a great article that Lucy at Boulder Belt Eco Farms posted a link. Lucy & Eugene's booth at the Oxford Farmers Market is one of my favorite. They are very hard working dedicated folks and have a variety of vegetables that will "knock your socks off"! The article is from Plenty Magazine and gives some very good tips about shopping at your Farmers Market. The article may answer some of your questions regarding shopping local. Tomorrow I will have a wine review and a recipe for Corn and Cucumber Salad containing all the goodies from the market this past weekend.