Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Shop Local: Farmer's Market

One of the perks to living in rural southeastern Pennsylvania are the many local produce stands.  Within five miles of my house there are at least three different produce stands, all of which are operated by Amish families.  Shopping locally has many perks.  If you don't live out in the country, don't fret because there are many other options for shopping locally.  Many populated areas have farmers' markets where farmers bring truck loads of fresh fruits and veggies.  If you haven't been to one of these, then I highly recommend you search to find one near you. 

Reasons to Shop at a Local Farmer's Market:

  1. The fruits and vegetables are freshly picked, which means they are in season. While a large grocery store has a larger variety, the food is not necessarily in season. Food that is not in season usually has more chemicals and less health benefits for you. 
  2. Try a new fruit or vegetable. These markets sometimes have less common foods, so it provides you the opportunity to try something that you have never had before. 
  3. You know where your food comes from.  This food is grown locally, so you know the fields they are coming from.  You are able to see how many chemicals the food is being njected with. 
  4. Sustainable agriculture helps protect the environment.  This type of farming uses less resources and has a less negative impact on the Earth than conventional agriculture. 
  5. Support the local economy.  Purchasing food from local farmers helps to support families and businesses that are in your backyard. 
Do you shop local? I'd love to hear about your experiences!

XOXO

2 comments:

  1. One of the best things about summer is the availability of fresh ingredients. Farmers markets are the way to go, wish we could have them all year long.
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