For a long time, I was pretty sure I could never make it to the Saturday morning farmer’s market near our home because of my work schedule. Now, I just make it a priority as often as possible, because I love it!
Fortunately for me, I live in an area that’s pretty agriculturally based. We have lots of options at our market: meats, cheeses, greens, fruits, veggies, and really tasty fresh bread. In Florida, we have growing season year round. More often than not, I’ve been surprised at some of the things that we’ve seen at the farmer’s market – I’ve never before seen some of the produce they sell!
Buying local when you can is good for a number of reasons. For one thing, it supports the growers in your area, helping to stimulate your local economy. Beyond that, if you’re eating locally produced food, it doesn’t have to travel so far to get to your kitchen (and you know I like my environmentally friendly options!). You can also ask the growers questions about their farming practices, the methods of pest control they use, and have a much better connection to the food you feed to your family. Aside from that, you can usually cut down significantly on your plastic waste, because there’s usually minimal packaging for these foods. And don’t forget your reusable bags!
Do you shop at your local farmer’s markets?