There are many reasons to support your local farmers market this summer. From finding unique products that aren’t available in big stores, to connecting with your community, here are my top 5 reasons for shopping at a farmers market:
1. As Fresh As It Gets
If you’ve never tasted how crisp a freshly-pick cucumber really is, you don’t know what you’re missing. The lettuce is greener, crisper and lasts much longer. The corn is sweeter, the peaches juicier and the jams are made from real ingredients without fake additives.
2. Meet The People Growing Your Food
Most of the produce you’ll find at your farmers market is grown by the person standing at the table selling it to you. If you’re not sure, ask them. The farmers and producers at a farmers market work very hard at bringing the best they have to market and are usually more than happy to share their growing practices with you.
3. Better Nutrition From Better Food
It’s not a secret that produce found at the big supermarkets undergo a process in getting there. It’s often grown using lots of chemicals to control pests and disease. Then it’s harvested, shipped many hundreds or thousands of miles, and held in storage before it even gets to your grocery store. Farmers market produce is often picked only days or even hours prior to market day.
4. Appreciation Of Seasonal Produce
Everything has its season: early spring asparagus and radishes, summer berries and tomatoes, fall squashes, winter greens. Even items you don’t think of as having a season, like eggs, aren’t as readily available in certain times of the year. Knowing that your favorite produce has a season and anticipating this time makes us all stop and savor it while it lasts.
5. Connect With Your Community
It’s much more enjoyable to casually stroll around an outdoor farmers market than to rush through a busy grocery store. Visiting a farmers market can be a relaxing, fun experience where you may find unique items that aren’t available in large stores. It’s a place to get to know the farmers, visit with other shoppers and make new friends. Plus, by shopping at a farmers market, you support people who live in your community, which in turn makes your community as a whole a better place.