A friend recently asked me why she should shop at local farmers’ markets, and to be honest, I really didn’t know the benefits. So I did a bit of research… turns out, there are tons of reasons why it’s better to shop for your food locally.
The Certified Farmers’ Markets brings up some really good points:
- The producer has direct feedback from the customer.
- The middle man is cut out, allowing for increased financial returns.
- There are less packaging and transportation costs.
- The market provides an outlet for new and small businesses that allows them to compete with large businesses.
- You have direct contact with the producer and can be sure how your fruits and meat are grown, it also adds that personal touch that is so rare nowadays when you shop in the big box chains.
- Helps improve diet and nutrition through access to fresh food.
- Shoppers can be educated on the origin of their food.
- You can obtain information and inspiration about how to prepare your meals and cook with fresh ingredients.
- Reduces the miles the food has to travel, thus reducing noise, fossil fuel use, and huge trucks driving next to you on the highway.
- Helps to reduce packaging and therefore trash.
- Produces use less pesticides, and encourages grow organic.
- Helps breathe new life in small towns and cities.
- Encourages social interaction between rural and urban communities.
- Keeps money in the local economy and can encourage the creation of local jobs and support of local business.
… and I also admit, it is way cuter to shop at a farmers’ market.
Now that I have discovered all the benefits, I’ll be checking out farmers markets locally in Vancouver this weekend. They’re normally held on Sundays, and you can find the nearest one to you.
Let me know what you think of them!