1Expect the Food to be Tastier
In general, the farm fresh food will be tastier. It is riper. The varieties are often grown for taste. These varieties may only have a one week shelf life, but since you get them the day after they are picked, most of that time is yours. Supermarket varieties often have three-week shelf lives, but you won’t get them until they are about two-week old.
2Don’t Eat With Your Eyes
We have been taught to eat with our eyes. We shouldn’t. The heirloom tomato is now the poster child for funny-looking fruit. It’s bumps and curves bother some people, but the taste wins them over. We should expect diversity in shape and size and color in our food - there are hundreds to thousands of varieties of each kind of produce in nature.
3Perfect vs. Imperfect Produce
Unless you specifically purchase “imperfect produce”, the food you get should be minimally blemished. Some farms will include fruit with something that looks like a scab, a spot that brushed up against a branch or stalk - these spots can be eaten or cut away. Supermarkets do not allow such food on their shelves. A little variation in coloration may show you where food is ripening the fastest, the spot at which it will eventually start to go bad. It should not be bad when you get it.
4If You Get a Bad Spot
Even in farm fresh food, insect damage, bruises and rot should not generally be found, though they can be. If you find a little, you can usually cut around it. In its early stages, the bulk of the produce will not be affected. If you find a lot and regularly, you should notify the farm, which may have a packaging issue in need of correction.