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REASONS FOR SHOPPING AT A FARMERS’ MARKET
Local growers have the advantage of growing varieties for taste rather than for shipping and shelf life, and the difference can be enormous. If you shop at the farmers’ market, you will be getting produce that is fresh, just picked, ripe and in season, and probably organic as well. As an added bonus, when you buy from local producers you are helping employ people in your neighborhood. And if that isn’t enough, you are leaving a smaller carbon footprint when you buy produce that has not been shipped for hundreds of miles.
TIPS FOR SHOPPING AT A FARMERS’ MARKET
- Plan Meals Ahead of Time
- BRING CASH
- BRING A LARGE BAG OR TWO
- WALK THE MARKET BEFORE BUYING ANYTHING
- USE A CAMERA TO TAKE NOTES
- TALK TO THE VENDOR
- ASK WHAT IS ESPECIALLY GOOD OR POPULAR, AND WHY
- ASK WHERE IT’S GROWN
- FIND OUT THE VARIETY
We were able to catch a farmers market while visiting Strasbourg, France. A farmer’s market is a great place to get a feel for the local town, check out the food, talk to local people and practice shopping local.
We discovered new things in the market, like stroopwafel and halva, and lots and lots of cheese.