Why Shop at Farmers Markets?
Though you can shop anywhere for the foods recommended by your bariatric team, there are some very compelling reasons to buy your groceries at a local farmers market.
At the grocery store, we may pass up unusual foods because we’re not sure how to use them, but at the farmers market, the vendor is right there to offer advice and ideas. The farmers are friendly and open to questions – they may even share a recipe that helps you use their produce in the best way possible.
Farmers market produce is often grown organically or with other methods that make it fresher, healthier and more delicious. Some of the fruits and veggies you buy may have been picked that very morning, but the prices can still be lower than at the average supermarket.
More Than Just Produce
Farmers markets are more than just local farmers selling their produce. At the bigger markets you’ll likely find craftspeople selling any of the following; jewelry, glassware, furniture, artwork, flowers, decorated baskets, hand sewn items, bird houses, blankets, baby wear, candles/soaps/lotion, yard art, and balloon art. And those are just some of the examples!
You’re Supporting the Local Community
Why buy from big box stores when you can buy from people in your own community?! Compared to chain stores, money that is spent at locally owned businesses is often recycled back into the local economy, enriching the whole community. Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than chains do.
Farmers markets are organized to facilitate personal connections and mutual benefits for local farmers, shoppers and communities. These benefits include neighborhood camaraderie, supporting the local economy and buying products from a direct food source.
Check out the many farmers markets located throughout our region.
Also note: Due to COVID-19 farmers markets are asking customers to maintain a 6-foot distance, try to shop alone, and avoid gathering in any one area. The CDC continues to recommend wearing a cloth mask while in public. Market dates may be subject to change depending on the spread of the virus so research the farmers market you plan to attend before you leave.