Farmers’ markets serve not only as a way for people to purchase locally grown produce, but also as a chance to connect with others within their communities. Purchasing local goods is an experience that promotes a sense of place and is important in helping individuals feel tied to their communities.
Not only do farmers’ markets give us the chance to support local growers, but they are also great teaching opportunities for kids. Farmers’ markets allow you to talk to the growers and learn more about what it takes to get those green beans to your table. They also give you a chance to discover new things, and even ask farmers for recipes. Letting kids pick their own fruits and veggies is a simple way to encourage healthier eating, too.
Farmers markets also support the economy. The USDA estimates the total annual sales at U.S. farmers’ markets to be $1 billion. Not only that, studies show 60 to 70% of market-goers visit neighboring businesses on their way to and from the market.
Here are some more reasons why a visit to your local farmers’ market should be on your list to do this weekend, and every weekend.
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