I’ve spent more time at a farmers market lately and it’s got me thinking…
These fruits and veggies are …fresh!
The farmers at the markets helped me understand why their fruits and veggies were so much more delicious than their store-bought counterparts. These funnily shaped radishes spend less time in transit, less time in storage, and more time in the ground and away from harmful radiation. Tasty, fresh produce is just one of the many reasons why patronizing a farmers market is a positive life change. Here’s four more:
Getting to Know Your Community
Tell me which you would prefer: A sunny day and the smell of raspberries and soil or fluorescent lights, bad overhead music and the smell of stale cardboard?
Going to a farmers market makes grocery shopping an enjoyable experience instead of a dreadful chore. The farmers market is a community gathering, a place to meet with friends and family, and it is a taste of small-town life in the midst of overcrowded cities.
Knowing Where Your Food Comes From
A weekly trip to the farmers market is a great way to establish a relationship with your food and its cultivators. Meeting and speaking with the farmers is an opportunity to understand exactly where and how your food is produced.
You can often learn about the farmers before you even get there. Farmers market websites have profiles, articles, and maps of the vendors.
Pure Produce – It’s Organic
In today’s grocery store most food is genetically controlled and misted with pesticides. Some big farmers will wax their produce to appeal to consumers while others will expose it to radiation to extend its shelf life. All of these practices negatively affect our health.
However, at farmers markets, most food is minimally processed and more nutritious. Most farmers prioritize the sustainability and nutritional value of their produce.
Supporting Family Business
Farmers and their families need our support, now more than ever. Agribusiness and factory farms are pushing them out of the marketplace. Purchasing directly from farmers gives them a chance in the globalized economy.
These are just a few very important reasons to support your local farmers market. If you give it a real, genuine effort you could become connected to a new community, improve your health and support small-scale economy.
So then tell me, why do you shop at your local farmers market?