Is there a farmers market close to your neighborhood? If you do a little research, chances are you’ll find one. Farmers markets tend to pop up during the summer. They offer a wide variety of products, such as local produce, organic honeys, and breads. By shopping at your local farmers market, you can both improve your health and benefit your community.
The fresh produce tastes better and is healthier.
The produce you find at your grocery store loses nutrients while being transported from all over the country and abroad. Fresh produce loses nutrients quickly after it is picked. According to Farmers Market Authority, ”Produce purchased locally was probably picked within the past day or two and provides crispy, sweet and flavorful food.” Your purchase benefits the farmer and your community.
A farmers market is a community event that allows healthy interaction among neighbors while supporting the local economy and farmers.
According to CNN’s Eatocracy, when you buy food from grocery stores, “For every dollar we spend on food, only about 16 cents goes to the farmer. The other 84 cents go toward what economists call “marketing,” which refers not to commercials and advertising, but the entire chain that ensures food makes it from farm to plate.” When you buy directly from the farmer at farmers markets, they get 100 percent of the money. That money, in turn, goes back into your local community
This week, head to your local farmers market and buy $20 of local produce. Put a $20 bill in your wallet and have fun choosing what to spend that $20 on. Yes, of course you can spend more, but we want you to realize how much you can get for $20. Believe us, when you come home with your fresh and healthy produce and products, you be excited about making dinner this week. Why? Because you are feeding your family healthy food, while supporting a good cause.