Local food economy
But more then that, supporting local, small farmers supports your local economy and decentralizes the food industry. As much as I appreciate the big brands that are organic, it makes me a little weary to see the same organic brand across the country when there are so many small farmers in each state. I personally think it is wise to have a localized food supply. It also puts less of a burden on the environment because your food didn’t have to take a long trip to reach you.
While our local farmers markets are not cheap (unfortunately for this family on a budget), during the height of the growing season, I am able to get steals on many vegetables. I always appreciate seeing a table loaded with zucchini or cucumbers because I know they will be on sale that week and I can go crazy with them! However, how “cheap” produce and other items sell for really depends on the market you visit. You may find really good deals at yours. Also, some farmers are willing to give discounts when you buy large quantities. It never hurts to ask! I’d personally like to see some of our local farmers giving a bit more grace to the average buyer’s budget with their prices. But then again, why would they? They are selling out often because their food is just that good.
If you’d like to find a local farmers market near you, this farmers market site can help you.
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