There are a number of reasons why you should skip the giant grocery store chain and head to your local farmer’s market instead. Yes, farmer’s markets tend to only be held once a week, meaning that you have to clear your schedule of an hour or two instead of being able to go to the supermarket whenever it’s convenient. But it’s absolutely worth the trip.
1. Save Money
There’s no middleman involved in the selling of goods at a farmer’s market. A grocery store gets its products from a manufacturer or other farmers (often non-local farmers) and has to pay them as well as for transportation of those products. At the farmer’s market, it’s just the farmers! You’ll be able to pay much less for vegetables and fruits then at a supermarket.
2. Eat Healthier
The meat, vegetables and fruits that are sold at a farmer’s market are significantly healthier. Everything is organic and natural, meaning no pesticides or chemicals have been used on any of the food.
This is not the case with food at supermarkets, which is often soaked in pesticides. Although it is said that pesticides do no harm (from short-term tests, remember that long term effects of pesticides have not been determined) it does make the food less fresh. The fresher the food is, the better it tastes and the better it is for you. Meat bought at the farmer’s market is better too, as the animals used have not been cruelly treated, which is definitely not the case with most of the meat products at supermarkets.
There are plenty of other ways that the food at a farmers market is healthier as well. Take honey for instance. Local honey contains small amounts of local pollen. Eating local honey means that you are slowly introducing elements of local pollen into your system – thereby increasing your tolerance to local allergens (in the same way that flu vaccines work). Not to mention that imported honey available at supermarkets is often diluted with stuff like corn syrup, which is not good for you at all.
3. Support Your Local Economy
Buying your food at a supermarket is akin to putting more money into the pockets of large corporations. Buy your food at a farmer’s market instead. This way you are supporting local farmers. Not only are you supporting individuals instead of companies; you are also supporting pesticide-free farming and the cruelty-free raising of animals.
There’s no reason not to support your local farmer’s market. Running to the local supermarket to pick up an item you just ran out of is understandable, but try to make it to your local farmer’s market on a weekly basis in order to benefit the local farmers, your wallet and your health.