Farmer’s Markets are up and humming! Jump in and enjoy!
There are many good reasons to shop locally, here are 7.
1. Your food is fresher.
Because it is picked at the peak of ripeness, which ensures higher nutrition. It”s typically picked 8-12 hours before market. Most produce at the grocery store travels weeks before it reaches you, and picked in the ripening stages, instead of ripe and ready!
2. Foods are healthier for you.
Most often they’re organic and preservative free, which includes breads, jams, jellies and other great cooked and baked goods.
Salmon, fish and meats are organic and naturally raised, so better for you too.
3. You’re supporting your local economy.
Farmers are the core of our economy; without food we cannot survive! Without “quality food” we cannot live quality lives. Keeping the exchange of money in your community comes back around to other businesses.
4. You’re helping reduce your carbon footprint.
Most food in America travels over 4,000 miles before it reaches your plate! By eating and shopping local (food and other locally made products and services), you are reducing the amount of greenhouse gasses that are emitted by the vehicles that transport the foods.
5. Less packaging and waste.
Like #4, you help cut down on packaging and pollutants. When it’s local, it’s hand-to-hand, not pre-packaged-to-keep-it-fresh-for-those-4,000-miles-of-trucking. http://hazeldellmushrooms.com/
6. You help build your community.
Part of the fun of your local farmers markets is meeting the people who produce your food. This helps you have a greater appreciation for where your food comes from and the vendors who are now on a first name basis each week. Like a good honey bee you help to connect them with others too, like cross-pollinating!… sharing ideas, business names, cards and dot coms. http://mmpies.com/
7. You help build your friendships and have fun!
Get out and play! You will naturally meet new people and make new friends. Social networking and support, friendships and sharing is especially important to our mental, emotional and physical health, as much as good, nutritious, local foods!
Get out this week to meet and greet and purchase from our/your local farmer’s market vendors and other local businesses to keep our villages healthy, from the inside out!
My friends James and Thomas of Heartwood played this day! http://papalips.com/heartwood