One big reason is, save money! You know you’re supposed to strive for five servings of fruits and vegetables every day, but healthy choices aren’t always cheap, we all know. If you cut corners to save money, you’ll end up with less nutritious foods. Don’t waste your money on watered-down, sugary alternatives to healthy foods, and don’t get stuck with a kitchen stocked with expired produce either.
Just buy at your local market and you will get way more of your money's worth. There are many reasons to buy at your local growers market, we give you 8 to start with :
We people, are a bit ashamed to admit that we all still go to the supermarket for our weekly needs. Luckily since the introducing of the farmers & growers markets that has changed for thousands of us. Buying local produce from the people who maintain the land has many perks, like:
Lower prices than at a supermarket
Healthier, pesticide-free options, with no preservatives – great if you’re looking to eat organic on a budget
Support for smaller, local businesses that are more eco-friendly and keep overall prices down
And if you’re unhappy with the size of the produce grown locally, remember that some of the big food companies pump their products full of hormones and other unnatural chemicals that alter the size. These bigger crops could harm your long-term health. Most of the times the fresh produce is way bigger anyway, grown in the healthy way!
2. Safer Foods
Food from your local farmers market is generally safer. Remember the recent outbreaks of E. coli in bagged spinach? These things happen mostly in large industrial settings, where business-men work to mass produce food, preserve it and bag it in mass amounts. Your locally grown food will give you only all the natural effects it can.
3. Fresher Fruits & Veggies
The food from your local farmers market is, quite frankly, fresher. Because it was grown locally, there is a good chance that the apple you buy from the farmer was picked a few days ago or even the day just before! This is virtually impossible in a big supermarket.
4. Great Variety
There is an amazing variety of fruits and veggies at your local farmers market. Each farmer may have his own method for growing tomatoes or peppers. This is something that never happens at a grocery store.
5. Better Taste
There is no doubt that locally-grown foods just simply taste better. You will never be able to eat a carrot from the grocery store again!
6. It’s Healthy!
There’s just no way around it, eating fresh, locally-grown fruits and veggies are great for your health.
Buy yourself some local honey, which is sold at most local farmer markets. It has just the right components for allergy prevention in your neck of the woods, not to mention it’s tasty!
7. Most Importantly — It’s Fun!
We stated it in the beginning, but farmers markets are just plain fun for the whole family. Meeting your local community is an excellent way to feel connected to the world around you, increasing health for body, mind and spirit.
8. Grown your own!
Start a Home Garden. Growing you own food is challenging and rewarding, but it is not easy. First, before you decide to grow your own produce, think about how “green” your thumb is. If you’re new to gardening, start with simple seeds, like tomatoes and peas, which are resilient plants that grow in most environments.
Radishes grow very quickly, and spinach is reliable too. As you expand your home garden, you’ll learn that the one characteristic you need above all is patience. You’ll need to dedicate time and energy to get a high-quality, high-quantity crop. Ask your local farmer for advice!