I first learned about the benefits of farmers markets when I watched Food, Inc., and I’ve come to really enjoy the whole experience of purchasing produce harvested in North Carolina the night before or morning of my trip, talking with the farmers who grew the food themselves, and tasting foods truly in season. I also find it to be so rewarding to hand my money over to the very person who worked hard to grow the food I’m taking home.
This Farmers Market Authority lays out some convincing reasons why we should all support local farmers. Some include:
“-Buying from the local farmer not only financially benefits the farmer but the community as well. Today’s farmer receives less than 10 cents of theretail food dollar. When farmers sell directly to the consumer, the middleman is cut out thus producing a higher profit for the farmer. The farmer then circulates his profits throughout the community with local merchants creating a cycle that helps to build a strong local economy…
-Buying from the local farmer ensures healthier and better tasting food. Studies prove that fresh produce loses nutrients quickly. Produce purchased locally was probably picked within the past day or two and provides crispy, sweet and flavorful food. Eating healthy, locally grown food not only strengthens your family but your community as well. Food that is shipped long distances is bred for a longer shelf life, not for taste…
-Buying from the local farmer helps protect our environment. Local food doesn’t have to travel far. This reduces carbon dioxide emissions and packing materials. Buying local food also helps to make farming more profitable and selling farmland for development less attractive.”
Some of the stands we visited today:
We came home with a haul, and my brother is chowing down on the berries and some local honey as I write.
We stopped by Luna’s Living Kitchen for breakfast on the way home:
I got the Hola Granola and the Kale Lemonade. My mom got the parfait and a Cacao-Cacao smoothie. All raw and vegan. All delicious.
We came home and made some strawberry, blueberry and blackberry jam. I used Eating Bird Food’s recipe, but replaced the stevia with honey and used three types berries.
This jam is raw, sugar free and has no preservatives. It’s been a hit with the whole fam.
For more information about farmers markets, visit: