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8 Reasons to Support Farmers’ Markets (Video)

  • Learn the story of your food. By meeting farmers and food producers face to face, you can ask questions about how your food was grown, when it was picked, and what items are special or in season this week.
  • Invest in local farms and businesses. By enabling farmers to sell their produce at retail cost, farmers markets help sustain businesses and families in your area, and provide a venue for new and small-scale farms.
  • Preserve farmland and the environment. Farmers markets keep local farms in business, which reduces sprawl and protects farmland and open spaces. By encouraging local food production, they also reduce the use of fossil fuels and natural resources.
  • Give back. By shopping at farmers markets, you nourish your community. Help your market thrive by volunteering as an organizer, promoter, or greeter. If you don’t have a farmers market in your area, consider starting one (see the resources below).

Getting Started
Find farmers markets and local food in your area by using Local Harvest or Eat Well Guide. Explore an in-depth produce guide, seasonality charts, and recipes at the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture. Don’t have a market in your neighborhood? The University of Missouri Extension has a FAQ on starting and operating one.

Check out the Nourish website for more ideas and resources. Stay tuned for more selections from the Nourish Video Encyclopedia, a collection of short films that explore the story of our food.

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Nourish is an educational initiative designed to open a meaningful conversation about food and sustainability, particularly in schools and communities. To inform and inspire the largest number of people, Nourish combines PBS television, curriculum resources, web content, short films, and teacher and youth seminars. Nourish is a program of WorldLink, a nonprofit organization dedicated to education for sustainability.

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4:07PM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

Great places - but limited due to our long winters.

2:52PM PST on Nov 30, 2011

i work at a grocery store, so i buy all my food there

5:03PM PDT on Sep 21, 2011

We need to get beyond the quick and easy when it comes to choosing our food. When you take time to meet farmers and buy your food locally you are becoming part of a great story. A story involving a community's economical growth as well as improving your own physical health.

Visit my blog: pghfoodie.wordpress.com to discover more about Pittsburgh's wonderful food culture.

12:26AM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

Yes! I love buying the fresh fruits and veggies offered at the farmers' market. I also enjoy engaging the sellers and farmers in conversation. Some share some tips on food preparation.I also learned garden tips from them. Some have become my friends through the years.

9:03AM PDT on Aug 1, 2011

I do try to buy all my veggies from the farmers Market I live in Oxnard one of the most fertile areas in CA and we have great veggies all year round; thank you for the reminder of why is best to invest locally.

8:06AM PDT on Jul 26, 2011

great now support

6:44PM PDT on Jun 27, 2011

Ta.

2:59PM PDT on Jun 12, 2011

noted

11:36AM PDT on Jun 1, 2011

Take your children to the Farmers' Market! This helps to teach a whole new generation the values that we hold dear.

10:52PM PDT on May 22, 2011

I support

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