Make Shopping Fun; Visit Your Local Farmers’ Market
Is shopping for groceries just another chore or errand? Make grocery shopping more enjoyable by visiting your local farmer’s market. The growth and popularity of farmers’ markets has created a place where you can buy food and interact with the community -- all while supporting your local food economy. If you’re not already shopping at your local farmer’s market, here are some reasons you should.
- Higher quality products: The produce at farmers’ markets are fresh and fully ripe, most likely picked that morning and brought directly to you. They are also minimally processed and chemical-free.
- Higher variety of products: You’ll find an amazing variety of products that you can’t find at your average supermarket such as rhubarb, nettles, concord grapes, mouse melons and heirloom tomatoes.
- More affordable products: You’ll be purchasing higher quality products at lower prices. Many farmers’ markets also accept SNAP and WIC customers so nutritious food is available for all.
- Support the local economy and family farms: Most of the produce is grown within 100 miles of the market so these farms are a source of local jobs. By shopping at farmers’ markets you’ll help your local farms stay in operation and provide jobs for your community.
- Better for the environment: You’ll be helping the environment by conserving fuel and natural resources associated with transporting and harvesting fruits and vegetables to supermarkets. Small family farms also produce less environmental waste.
- Better for the family: Make visiting the farmers’ market a weekly family activity. Many markets feature live music, play areas for kids and local food vendors, making it a perfect place to spend an afternoon.
- Better for the community: The farmer’s market is not just a place to shop but a place to meet and build relationships with your neighbors and get plugged into your community.
Bottom Line: Grocery shopping doesn’t have to be a dreaded errand. Visit your local farmers’ market to experience a fun, new way to shop while benefitting your family, the environment and local community. Find a farmers’ market near you at www.localharvest.org.
Written by: Christina Jung, Wellness Workdays Dietetic Intern