Let's talk about how important farmers' markets are🍒
•lots of zero waste options (but don't forget your bags and containers!)
•fresh, healthy, seasonal produce •local food!!! Mother Earth loves when you reduce your food miles!
•support small, local, and/or family farms. Farming is NOT an easy way to make a living, especially if you're not a huge farm selling your monoculture crops to wholesalers and grocery stores. When you buy directly from your farmer, they make more of a profit because there is no middleman taking a cut. SUPPORT YOUR FARMERS!!
•produce quality- the food at farmers' markets doesn't need to be shipped nationally or internationally, which means you get fruit that's been fully ripened, and fresher greens and veggies that last longer when stored properly, and taste better!
• variety!! Farmers' markets tend to have som things you don't find in grocery stores, like heirloom veggies, Asian greens, or sometimes even fun mushroom varieties!
•what is a "farmers' market?" Well, THERE'S NO LEGAL DEFINITION. A Certified Farmers' Market is a REAL farmers' market, with farmers coming from their farms to sell directly to you. But any old outdoor market can call themselves a "farmers market" even when they're just a glorified outdoor grocery store. "Fake" farmers' markets hurt certified farmers markets, by taking business away from them. I'm linking the USDA Certified Farmers' Market locator in my bio, please use it!
•learn from your farmer- who better to ask about your food than the person who grew it?! If you don't know what that weird veggie is, ASK. If you're not sure how to eat or cook something, ASK. If you need tips for storage, ASK. Farmers know so much, and are usually happy to spread their knowledge!
Comment a 🍒 if you bothered to read my whole caption😂 I know it's long but farmers' markets are something I really care about👩🏻🌾
Do you shop at farmers' markets? Why or why not?🥕