1. Savor Real Flavors
Fruits and veggies you can buy at farmers markets are the freshest you can buy. Fruits are actually allowed to ripen in the open fields. This is done organically and the fruits are not coaxed to ripen. They're picked at the peak of freshness and don't travel a long way to meet you. This food is as real as it gets—fresh from the farm straight to the table.
2. 'Tis the Season
Food bought at the farmers market is seasonal. Being at their peak freshness, they're not going to be tastier than they are there - right in front of you. This can help you reconnect with the natural cycle in your region. As you savor the flavors of the seasons, you are able to reconnect with your local farmer friends and regions natural cycle.
3. Support Families
Big agribusinesses dominate food production in the United States. Because of this, small family farms have a hard time competing in the food marketplace. Buying from farmers directly gives them a better return for their produce and gives them a fighting chance in today’s globalized economy.
4. It's for the Environment
Food in the U.S. typically travels an average of 1,500 miles to get to you. Think of all the resources it takes for that to happen - the fuel that it takes as well as the packaging, emissions, etc. Conventional agriculture uses more resources than sustainable agriculture and pollutes water, land, and air with toxic by-products. Farmers market food go shorter distances as well as generally grown with low-impact methods.
5. Connect with Your Community
Hands-down. Strolling through outdoor stalls of produce on a bright sunny day beats pushing a big metal cart through isles any day. The farmers market is a great community hub. It's a wonderful place to meet up with your friends, bring your children, or just get a taste of small-town life in the midst of our wonderful big city.
So you see, a trip to the farmers market is more than just going shopping for some fresh produce. It's about connecting with your food, reconnecting with yourself, meeting the people behind your plate, and supporting your community.