- 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).
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.
Where do you go to get fresh, healthy food?