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Why You Should Shop at a Farmer’s Market

This is the second year that I have been a vendor at one of my area’s farmer’s markets.  I don’t really have a farm, per se, as much as we just have four large gardens and some chickens.  I don’t have enough to sell that I can come anywhere close to making a living, but I enjoy it.  I enjoy talking to the other vendors and I enjoy meeting the customers (and general people watching).  Even when it rains, it’s still an enjoyable outing.  Most of the people that come seem to enjoy the market and all it has to offer.  The unfortunate thing is that not enough people come to the farmer’s markets.  You get nowhere close to the number of people you get at Wal-mart nearly any hour of the day.  Well, can’t say for sure as I’ve never been at Wal-Mart at 3 am.  Thank God.

So, for all of you who don’t currently shop at your local farmer’s market (you can do an internet search to find one), I thought I’d write about some of the many reasons why it’s good to shop at a farmer’s market.

1.  You support your local economy and small business and perhaps your friend or neighbor when you shop at a farmer’s market.  Support me, support me!

2.  The vegetables and fruits and other foods are more likely to be fresh.  And fresh means more flavor and more nutrients.  I personally pick all my market produce the night before (or even the morning of) the market.  Compare this to veggies that got shipped to your grocery store from another country and may have been gassed to hasten the ripening process.

3.  Your helping the environment (which affects your health) by buying local food.  Local food hasn’t had to be shipped hundreds of miles using fossil fuels and it often doesn’t require packaging that may wind up in a landfill that’s already overflowing.  And vendors appreciate and encourage shoppers to bring their own bags and help keep plastic bags out of landfills.

4.  You can get great deals on seasonal foods that you can buy in large quantities and preserve (freezing, canning, drying) and have them when those foods later cost a fortune out of season.

5.  You can find interesting varieties of vegetables and fruits that you may never see at a grocery store.  Like a lemon cucumber or an orange tomato or red carrots or miniature cantaloupes or purple cauliflower.

6.  You can understand exactly how your food was grown.  Often times local farmer’s grow stuff without the use of pesticides and fertilizers, or with natural chemicals, or at least with minimal chemicals compared to the massive amount of toxic substances that major conventional farms use.

7.  You can buy meat and eggs and dairy from animals that were likely pasture raised and/or fed the animal’s natural diet.   The animals are more likely to have been exposed to sunshine and clean and healthy living space as opposed to what animals from feedlots are sadly exposed to.  And healthy animals taste better and so does their eggs and milk.

8.  You can get recipes and cooking tips for the food for sale.  Often times farmer’s market vendors will offer recipes for seasonal produce or tips on how to prepare something.  Even if they don’t have something printed out, you can just often ask how to prepare something and your vendor will be happy to tell you.

9.  You get out and about (usually) in the sunshine when you go to your local farmer’s market.  You can see people you know and sometimes enjoy live music, food samples, arts and crafts demonstrations, and other enjoyable activities.  Going to the farmer’s market can be a pleasant experience compared to going to your local grocery store.

10.  Farmer’s markets can be a fun way to get your kids involved with their food and make them much more willing to eat fruits and veggies that they picked out at the market.  Kids love handling produce (trust me!) that is colorful and vibrant.  They don’t get this experience with canned vegetables.

11.   You can get tips from your local farmers on how to grow stuff yourself and compare notes and what you’re doing right or wrong.  You can learn what grows well in your area.  Because as great as fresh produce tastes from the farmer’s market, it tastes even better out of your garden.  Farmer’s markets often have plants for sell to grow your own vegetables, fruits, and herbs.

12.  Farmer’s markets aren’t just for buying produce.  You can often find a variety of foods like local baked goods, honey, meat, dairy, eggs, frozen treats, salsa, jerky, and much more.  You can also find non-foods like soaps, lotions, jewelry, arts and crafts, clothes, bags, furniture, and much more.

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*FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT ARE IN KNOX COUNTY WITH ME, HERE ARE SOME OF THE LOCAL FARM MARKETS TO VISIT!  I AM AT THE EAST TN F.A.R.M. MARKET ON FRIDAYS AT LAKESHORE PARK IN KNOXVILLE.   The pictures were taken last year when I was at the Market Square Market.  Both markets are great!

East TN Farm Market – Knoxville and Oak Ridge

Market Square Farmer’s Market – Downtown Knoxville

Dixie Lee Farmer’s Market – Farragut

New Harvest Farmer’s Market – East Knox

UT Farmer’s Market – University of TN Campus

*Here is a list of other farmer’s markets in the state of Tennessee. 

 

 

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