While the flowers are succumbing to the colder weather, things are booming at my local farmer’s market; Sunscape Farms. One day I aspire to have a grand and bountiful, edible garden of my own. But since this was my first year in this home, and growing a garden, I started out simple and small. From what I planted in my raised vegetable garden beds, it turned out to be hit or miss. Some plants did well; others just struggled to produce anything at all. I am perfectly content with making weekly trips to the market. There are lots of reasons why I shop there, vs. my local grocery store, for produce. Here are my top 10, in no particular order.
- I’m reducing my family’s carbon footprint by purchasing locally-grown, organic produce.
- Also, adding to the effect of the reason above; I am blessed to live right down the street from my local farmer’s market. So I almost always walk up there. These walks through my scenic neighborhood are so good for my soul, my sanity…. and my waistline.
- The prices are very reasonable! Compared to the price tag on organic produce at the grocery store, I find that the prices at the Farmer’s Market are the same, and often times much cheaper.
- They usually have a great variety of seasonal fruits and veggies.
- Unique fruits and veggies that are often difficult to come by at the grocery store are readily available at the Farmer’s Market. Romanesco broccoli, Japanese eggplant, purple cauliflower and apple-pears are a few of my personal faves.
- Knowing that I am supporting my community by giving my business to the local farmers and not the big box stores and corporations makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.
- I just feel better all around when I eat produce that is in season. It’s like my body is in sync with nature.
- I can teach my kids how the food actually gets to their plate. At my local market, part of the farm is actually right there surrounding the little fruit stand. I like knowing exactly where my food is coming from (especially these days!). I can see it and so can my kids, and I do believe that teaches them a lot about the world we live in.
- Freshness! I know that my food hasn’t traveled miles or even oceans, to get to me. And I can taste the difference.
- Did I mention there’s no chemical garbage in this local food I feed my family?!
Having lived in the Metropolitan Phoenix area for most of my life, I know just how lucky I am to live so close to a Farmer’s Market. It just flat-out was not possible for me to get seasonal, organic locally-grown produce when I lived there. This is the very reason I am so grateful that I can enjoy the lifestyle I have now, here in Upstate New York.
Do you shop at a Farmer’s Market?
And if so, what do YOU love about it?