5 Proven Reasons to Shop Your Local Farmers Market

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Do you visit your local Farmers Market to get locally grown foods and baked goods? I am in love with our towns newest Market, and it is not just because I am on the Steering Committee.  We have some pretty awesome vendors, from farm fresh eggs and baby chicks to an Alpaca farm that sells yarn and products made with their fur-babies fiber, a couple of awesome food trucks that rotate, and lots of fresh veggies and baked goods. Our market only allows vendors who grow or produce their own goods.

  1. Know Your Farmer ~ You can get to know the many farmers that set up at Farmers Markets and how they grow their foods. Whether they use conventional, natural or organic methods to grow, or if they are just reselling what they have bought at a larger market.
  2. Ask Questions ~ You can ask the vendors questions, and understand how they are producing.
  3. Fresh Produce ~ If you want truly fresh  produce when the nutrional value is at it’s highest, the farmers market is the place to check out.
  4. Early Finds ~ Going early can yeild you the best finds of the day. The good stuff always sells out first
  5. End of Day Deals ~ When it is getting close to closing time, you can usually pick up some pretty good deals. Farmers would rather make a deal with you then have to take their produce home.

 

What has been your latest find at your local Market? Share what you love about it.

 

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4 Responses

  1. Natasha says:

    How do find local farmer’s markets? We have an Amish community that I love to buy from but they’re over an hour away so it’s not something I do often.

    • msteiner says:

      I love visiting our Menninite store, it is the only place I can find my Certified Non-GMO, chemiclcal free flour. Have done a local search for your area? Or, you could check on locallygrown.net to see if there is one. A lot of markets are listing there, you can order online, and pick up at the market. Or maybe talk to some farmers and see if they would be willing to open one.

  2. maggie says:

    Our farmer’s market has a little bakery that’s run by a 13-year-old boy. He started it as a home school project and it took off. He makes delicious gluten-free bread.

    • msteiner says:

      That is so awesome! I love watching young euntrapranuars develope and do something spcial. My 15 year old grandson helps me at my booth, and after 3 years of helping, I’ve had to start paying him. So, I bake more, he sells more, and he gets a bigger commission. He also loves to help everyone else get ready.

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