I live near a market. My goal is to have this be my primary place to go shopping. I like the market experience. I like supporting local businesses.
Other than one trip to Home Depot for light bulbs, almost everything has come from this market, including my daily groceries. Know your grocer, know your food? Well not quite.
The fruits and vegetables for Querétaro from all over the country, and other countries for that matter, and reach the wholesale market. The smaller distributors go their to buy the fruits and vegetables in bulk and then resale it. The result, the bag that I bring home has products from more than a dozen states and possibly more than one country. I don't have a really good sense of what happened when the fruit or vegetable was grown. What chemicals were used? How were the people treated? How was it picked? What happened in between?
A simple post by Mark Bitman actually triggered this. Above is a an image from his blog. He asks a simple question, "Do we really need all these chemicals in our food?" More importantly, do we even know what is in our food every day.