7 Great Things That Happen When You Visit Your Local Farmers Market
It’s an amazing experience to be able to shop for the freshest fruits and vegetables, chat with the friendliest farmers/vendors while feeling warm wind and sunshine on your skin. If you didn’t already know, Brew+Bloom started out at farmers markets, and we couldn’t be more grateful about our decision. We love being part of the farmers market community both as shoppers and vendors.
Here’s our top seven reasons why we love our local markets:
Get To Know The Vendors
Many of the vendors you’ll meet at a local market are not only proud of the items they offer; they are eager to share helpful tips, recipes and information to help you get the most out of you purchase. When buying fruits and vegetables, you can ask for advice when it was picked, how it was grown or ways to prepare it.
Supporting Local Businesses
Support the humans who take their time and put hard work into growing, producing and creating their products instead of massive agribusiness GMO food conglomerates and monopolies that drive small local businesses out of business.
Check out the Local Talent
You’ll find entertaining local talent such as singing, violin players, bands, balloon twisters, etc. that will catch your attention as you walk through the market.
Fruits and vegetables you find at the grocery store are often several days old before they even reach the produce aisle due to the shipping process from possible thousands of miles away. Farmer's market produce, on the other hand, is as fresh as you can get it outside of growing it yourself.
Some nutritionists and scientists suggest eating seasonally available foods is better for your body because humans ate seasonal produce for thousands of years before refrigerated shipping changed all that. Still, eating produce in season only makes sense. Lighter fruits and vegetables are available seasonally in the spring and summer such as berries that are full of antioxidants that help protect your skin from summer sun damage, while heartier winter vegetables like squash and parsnips are full of nutrients to keep you nourished and warm for the cooler autumn and winter months.
Grocery stores tend to charge an arm and a leg for organic fruits and vegetables. At the farmer's market, however, they are typically not much more expensive than conventionally grown produce. Also, you’ll can find a variety of fresh, organic produce at more affordable prices. There are also many farmers that carry products that are not technically "organic," but have many low-priced foods that are pesticide and herbicide free. The advantage at a farmers market is that you can actually talk to the farmer, learn about their methods, and then decide for yourself.
Lift Your Mood By Going Outside
While the weather is still warm, enjoy the sunshine and take the opportunity to get outside and check out fresh produce, products, and crafts. Spending time outside is good for your mental health and can help with seasonal depression.