10 Amazing Reasons to Visit Your Local Farmers Market
Here are 10 amazing reasons to visit your local farmers market this season. In addition to providing you with healthy options direct from the source, your local farmers market has so many other wonderful things to offer your family.
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10 Amazing Reasons to Visit Your Local Farmers Market
While we all know that the local produce market is a great place to find fresh fruits and vegetables, most local markets go beyond offering the season’s harvest.
Hint: Don’t forget to bring your own bag to shop local! We love our mesh shopping bag – it’s perfect for our Wednesday and Saturday market shopping.
The Freshest Produce
The fruits and vegetables found at the farmers market are the freshest produce you can buy. Since there is no middle-man between the farm and the store, you can be sure all the produce you purchase at your local farmer’s market is as real (and fresh) as it can get.
Know Where Your Food is Coming From
At your local market, you’ll have a chance to meet each of the farmers who grow the food you’re purchasing, ensuring you know exactly where the food you are buying comes from.
Trust Your Food is Safe
Nowadays it can be tough to trust that your food is safe. With so many recalls and problems with processed food and even fresh food that is commercially produced there are scary things lurking in just about everything we eat and drink. That’s not the case when you shop locally and know where your food and produce are coming from!
It’s not just knowing where your food is coming from, but as my grandmother used to tell us, “fresh is best.” There is a lot of truth in those three words. Today we eat a lot of processed food with a lot of man-made preservatives. Fresh food is just that – fresh with no preservatives! Your body relies on the food you eat, and there is more taste, less waste, and less around our waists when we indulge in fresh food and veggies. There is nothing better in my book than fresh from the farm food and veggies!
Celebrate the Season
All the produce available at your local market is seasonal, making it the perfect way to celebrate the flavors if the season. You can enjoy fresh asparagus each spring, crunchy corn in the summer, and delicious fresh pumpkins each fall, all from your local farmer’s market.
All that fresh local produce looks so tantalizing at the market, but sometimes it’s difficult to know how to prepare some of the seasonal fruits and vegetables. My favorite go-to is The Farmers Market Cookbook: the Ultimate Guide to Enjoying Fresh, Local, Seasonal Produce.
Farmers Markets are Good for the Environment
In addition to ensuring you get fresh produce, purchasing your food from your local farmer’s market is better for the environment. That’s because your farmer’s market purchase eliminates the use of resources from shipping produce to your local stores and reduces the trash from packaging found when you purchase produce from the grocery store.
Purchasing organic produce at your local grocery store can get expensive. But you can buy sustainably grown produce from the farmer’s market for a fraction of the price.
Support Local Business
Each stand at your local farmer’s market represents a local business in need of your support. These local farmers are competing with large corporations for your dollars. And purchasing directly from the farmer helps them earn a bigger profit on their crops. I don’t know about you, but I love knowing where my food is coming from, and supporting local small businesses. After all, it is the small businesses that help fuel our economy.
Less Food Waste
If you are a contentious food consumer you probably know that commercially produced vegetables and fruits produce a lot of food waste. They don’t want to send vegetables or fruits to big chain stores if they have too much inconsistency.
There is nothing wrong with these “weird” items other than the way they look, it ends up meaning a lot of food waste and you can avoid all of that by shopping locally and shopping “ugly” not expecting natural products to look perfect every time we pick one up is important!
More than Just Produce
In addition to selling produce, many local markets also allow local bakers, butchers, and artisans to sell their goods. That means you can enjoy a variety of options at your local market, from freshly butchered local meats to delicious homemade baked goods.
Community Connection via the Farmers Market
A visit to your local farmer’s market also helps you create a connection with your community. You can spend time enjoying the company of your neighbors and supporting local businesses at the same time.
We love visiting our local Wednesday Green Market and Saturday Market in Fort Pierce! As the #1 Farmers Market in Florida, we love the choices the market offers. We can choose fresh veggies, seafood, beef, and more that are all locally sourced.
After creating a killer meal with all of your farmers market finds, don’t forget to uncork a delicious bottle of wine!
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