I always welcome the return of warm weather because with it brings the return of the farmers market! I have been shopping at farmers markets for the past two years and it's always such a better experience than shopping at the conventional grocery store. If you're a newbie to conscious shopping or a veteran, here are 5 reasons you should be shopping there too:
1. Fresh Produce
How do I like my fresh produce? No GMOs, pesticides, or preservatives please. In grocery stores, you always have to check the packaging to make sure there's nothing in what "should be" your fresh produce. Stop questioning your food by shopping at a local farmers market that only sells organic. It's healthier for you, and your community.
2. Cheaper Produce
Who's up for saving money? The prices tend to be lower at your local farmers market because there is no middle man. You truly get what you pay for and what you pay for is good. This doesn't apply to all products found at your farmers market, but most. Do some exploring and learn what you are really paying for.
3. Get To Know Your Neighbor
Farmers markets are great to explore for more than just their food. They're an awesome way to meet people in your local community with similar ethical and holistic tastes. Most grocery stores today feel more like assembly lines of zombies where there's no personal connection. The environment at farmers markets tend to be more welcoming. People take their time to ask questions, make recommendations, and smile. While some people may not want to know who their neighbor is, it doesn't hurt to interact and be a part of what makes this world great: human connection.
4. Get To Know Your Farmer
I am passionate about knowing where my food came from. In most of the processed foods we buy, it's truly hard to know that. There's no connection with the source of our food. Going to your farmers market allows you to reconnect with that source by meeting the people who harvest and prepare your food. Maybe you think you don't have the time to think about all those little details. But it is in those details that make your meal whole. In a spiritual sense, there's a greater appreciation for our food and the hands that prepare it.
5. Support Your Local Economy
Shopping at your local farmers market can greatly boost your local economy. Instead of supporting big corporations that feed you cheapened versions of your favorite foods, support local businesses that provide your community with good, wholesome foods. Some farmers markets even have their own form of commerce. Make the investment into your own home and community.
Do you shop at a local farmers market? Let us know where you do all your shopping and why.
Written by LeeAnn Chisolm @MissChisolm