Over here at BasketWorks, we pride ourselves on not being mercenaries; oh no, we’re all about supporting the community, as we’ve previously discussed. In that vein (Isn’t that the strangest expression?), we’re back with another way to convey to your municipality that you’ve got their back.
Farmers markets do just this, providing a platform for local businesses to get together and sell their wares.
Local farmers markets are a fun and fresh way to spend a morning. Whether shopping for locally harvested produce, freshly laid eggs, or locally crafted organic beer, you can count on your market to have seasonal products.
Today, we look at five reasons to get involved and show your support.
1. You Give More Back to Your Local Farms
When you shop at grocery stores over farmers markets, you may be taking money out of the farmer’s pocket.
According to the University of Nebraska, only 10% of the money spent on farmed goods goes to the farmer. The rest of those funds go toward packaging, shipping, marketing, and other costs involved in third-party sales.
By shopping at your local farmers market, you ensure more of your money goes directly to the farmer.
This supports your local economy and the small business owners who live in your community. Plus, you can reward yourself with a bag of kettle corn popcorn or some other indulgent farmers market treat.
2. Food and Products are Fresh and In-Season
Farmers markets don’t ship products in from other countries. They rely on locally grown produce and locally crafted goods.
This provides freshly baked bread, in-season fruit and vegetables, and a multitude of other fresh products to choose from.
There’s no concern over spoiled dairy, undersized vegetables, or tasteless out-of-season melons. Instead, sink your teeth into bright, crisp flavors, and take home bags of groceries you can feel good about serving your family.
3. A Diverse Selection of Local Goods
Farmers markets are designed with locals in mind. This means the stalls at your market reflect your community and the products and services you crave. Most markets feature:
- Food stalls to sample and eat as you browse
- Fresh baked goods
- Locally crafted products
- Specialty goods
The products represent your community and the people in it. From handsewn quilts to blown glass to beeswax candles, you can trace the origin of these products to the plants and animals they come from in your city or town.
4. Environmentally Friendly
The food you purchase at the local grocery store travels the country (and sometimes the globe) to reach you. This not only costs extra money to be delivered to grocery chains but uses extra fuel to get there.
Local farmers have shorter distances to travel to bring their products to market. Reduce your carbon footprint when you shop locally.
5. Learn About Local Culture and Customs
One of the best parts of a farmers market is seeing, smelling, and tasting all the local goodies. You can learn a lot about a community and its people by what’s being sold at the local market.
Here’s a list of farmers markets on the North Shore:
Discover the various cultures and customs in your community. Taste new foods, try new products, and fall in love with your city all over again.
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