No matter how excited you might get when farmers start setting up their stands in the park near your house on weekends – the arrival of the farmers market means the arrival of warmer weather, right? – when it actually comes to stocking up on produce, you might find yourself more often flocking to the grocery store than your local farmers market. But if you have yet to become a loyal supermarket patron, here are a few things you’re probably missing out on.
A chance to try new fruits and veggies.
Let’s be real – when you go to the supermarket to buy fruits and veggies, you’ve got your usuals. And while there’s nothing wrong with having a go-to produce assortment, hitting up your local farmers market is the perfect way to broaden your horizons a bit when it comes to your food haul, thanks to things like free samples and chitchat with knowledgeable farmers.
More affordable produce. (And healthier, too.)
Shopping at the farmers market can be really good for your health – and your wallet. Why? Because everything you’re buying at the farmers market is going to be naturally organic, but won’t have the same hefty price tag that often accompanies organic fruits and veggies at the grocery store.
A chance to support local family farms.
While family farms have been on the decline for a while due to high competition with commercially-run farms, shopping at your local farmers market can be a great way to benefit family-run farms. By shopping directly from each farmer, you’ll essentially be providing them with the capital they need to keep their farms running and competing with the bigger guys in the business.
A more sustainable shopping option.
Okay, so farmers markets can help your wallet, your health, and farmers, but it turns out they can also be pretty great for the environment. This is because produce sold in supermarkets often comes with the environmental cost of high fuel consumption (the produce can travel thousands of miles, in some cases) and higher waste from things like chemical fertilizers and pesticides.