One of the best memories of my childhood is visiting the Farmers’ Market. I always felt a sense of community, a place where people and families could convene and interact. And who doesn’t love the fresh local berries, apricots and vine-ripened tomatoes? This week’s #bebetter52 challenge is to visit your local Farmers’ Market.
Shopping at a Farmers’ Market is not only practical but also healthy. By supporting local vendors, you are contributing to the prosperity of the town’s economy by encouraging farmers to grow and cultivate organic crops. Consumers appreciate the rich, fresh flavors of the produce. Fruits are allowed to ripen fully and are brought directly to you. Completely organic, these fruits and vegetables are not tainted with any chemicals and are, therefore, safe.
Food purchased at a Farmers’ Market is not only good for you and your family but also for the environment. The food you buy at a local grocery store travels an average of 1,500 miles to reach you. The shipping itself consumes great quantities of fossil fuels, thereby contributing to pollution. Also, conventional agriculture pollutes water, land and air with toxic agricultural by-products, whereas sustainable agriculture uses methods that minimize the impact on our planet. It is important for us to take part in caring for our environment, and we are able to do that by shopping at our local Farmers’ Market.
We will also be better informed about where our food comes from if we shop at the Farmers’ Market. Meeting with and talking to farmers are great ways for us to understand how the produce is cultivated. Usually, each of the booths at the Farmers’ Market has a CUESA’s (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) seller profile that let us know who the farmers are and what they grow.
To find out more, check out this article by CUESA about the top 10 reasons to support Farmers’ Markets.
Let us know how your trip to the Farmers’ Market went by reporting your challenge!