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For farmers market goers, berries, peaches, and corn are our Kardashians (Kim is obviously a peach). But as produce paparazzi, snapping every hook-up and hairdo, we are unregulated—and shouldn’t be.
For the sake of respecting the produce, the farmers, and the other market-goers, here are some pointers that we should all try to follow (pretty please?):
- Take the picture! It adds to the allure around the market, which yes, may make it a place more of theatrics than food but ultimately brings more people to the market. Moreover, sharing what’s available at the market is all-around beneficial.
- Be inconspicuous. If you’re going to wield around your over-the-shoulder video camera, come early. Before I’m awake. If you have to photograph at the busiest stall, come back around when the swarms subside.
Get out of the way. Do you know how many pea tendrils I’ve passed up because someone was getting their perfect shot? It’s a tragedy. Do not be an obstruction: Preventing people who want to buy things is aggravating for farmers and shoppers alike. Let the people get their wispy tendrils, then go back to getting your photo.
Do not take your time. If you’re primping the produce for their debut, buy them instead. Set up the shot in your own space, on your own time. Then you get to eat the food!
Respect signs that say no photos. Duh.
Be a shopper too: Actually buy things from the stands where you take pictures. That way, they’re benefitting as well.
Speaking of, when posting the image on social media, do your best to tag the stand so that the farmer gets credit for the beauty they’ve grown. And hey, you might get a regram.
General photography rules apply: If you are taking a picture of a person, ask them first. If you consider the produce the farmers’ children, ask the farmer if you can take photos.
General human etiquette applies: While you’re looking through a viewfinder (and especially when you’re not), respect the pace of the walkway and the direction in which traffic is flowing. Exceptions given to dogs and children, who know no direction.
What are your rules for farmers market behavior? Share with us in the comments!