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6 Advantages to Buying Your Food at the Farmers’ Market

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6 Advantages to Buying Your Food at the Farmers’ Market

With all the dirt being dug up about some of my favorite health food companies supporting No on Prop. 37, I was starting to feel betrayed. “No, Santa Cruz Organic! Not you too,” I thought, when I first saw the list of companies that turned their backs on the proposition that would allow the labeling of genetically modified foods. “Where am I going to get my blueberry pomegranate juice?”

So I decided to seek refuge at the farmers’ market. And there are definitely many advantages to buying your food at the farmers’ market instead of at a Whole Foods, or a Jimbo’s, or at any other large, corporate health food chain. Here are six of those advantages:

1.   Instead of giving your money to large corporations, you’re supporting local farmers and small business owners. Local farmers and small business owners need the money more than large health food chains. A lot of times, small farms and small businesses are just getting their start, and don’t have a lot of financial backing. It’s up to the consumer to decide if they like what they’re selling, and support them so that their business will prosper. I often find that I become attached to the businesses I buy my products from. For instance, I often buy a loaf of sweet bread from a woman who owns a small baking business. I really enjoy the breads she bakes, but I also buy from her because I like this friendly and talkative grandmother who is passionate about what she does and makes everything from scratch. I want to see her succeed.

I’ve learned that farmers and business owners are often kind to their regular customers. The woman who sells mushrooms usually gives me fifty cents to a dollar off, and the man who sells fresh juice gives me $0.50 off mint lemonade.

2.   It’s healthier and more sustainable to eat food that is locally grown. Eating food grown in the local area cuts down on the money, energy, and resources needed to ship the food to you. By cutting down on the natural resources used to transport your food to you, you’re doing your part to help the environment.

 

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Aimee Dansereau

Aimee Dansereau is a freelance writer living in San Diego, California. She once lived in Boulder, Colorado for several years, where she received an M.F.A. in Writing and Poetics at Naropa University. Her interests include writing, natural health and medicine, organic foods and the labeling of GMOs, spirituality, yoga, meditation, environmental issues, and human rights.

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2:05PM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

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12:31PM PST on Dec 16, 2012

There's so much right with buying food from a farmer's market.

3:59PM PST on Nov 11, 2012

Very good points.

4:09AM PST on Nov 11, 2012

The closest outdoor farmer's market in Dallas is the one in downtown Dallas. Although it is outdoors with a roof, not sure if we are benefiting from fresh air and getting some sun because you are breathing city air. Another downside is you have to pay for your purchases with cash. But I agree with the rest of the article, you are helping farmers and small business owners. The one I go to, they let you taste samples.

6:05AM PST on Nov 7, 2012

I LOVE farmer's markets. Not only do you support your local economy but you meet interesting people from other walks of life that you would likely never have met before.

2:31PM PST on Nov 4, 2012

Fresh produce keeps well. And we are better off with organic farming as part of the way people live in our county!

11:28AM PDT on Nov 3, 2012

absolutely.

10:15AM PDT on Nov 3, 2012

How can you possibly compare 'fresh' produce wih produce that has traveled many miles? The most delicious green beans I ever ate, were those eaten the day they were picked.

All of the reasons stated above are valid, especially, keeping the the farmers in your area, in business.

6:01AM PDT on Nov 3, 2012

I want to grow my own food.

4:07PM PDT on Nov 2, 2012

This is so true. I love going to the farmers market.

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