Regardless of the season, you are sure to find a public market around your area selling an abundance of vibrant fruits, vegetables, and other homemade crafts. A great way to get out with your loved ones, farmers markets offer a day of fun and trying new foods you may not get elsewhere. Some farmers markets even have people cooking food demonstrations. These markets come in all shapes and sizes and can consist of farmers markets, general open markets, or just your local produce connoisseur selling vibrant fruit and vegetables on the corner. There are many benefits that come with shopping local, including but not limited to:
- Better tasting food
- Get more nutrition for your money (longer time spent on shelf, more product handling = decreased nutrient quality)
- Your ability to meet the farmer that grew and harvested your food
- You are supporting local businesses
- Increases your chances of eating more fruits and vegetables
Now that we have gone over some benefits of shopping at your local public markets, let us get into some helpful pointers that will take your shopping experience to the next level.
Please note: prices vary at different farmers markets. Some markets sell their produce at an exponentially lower price than supermarkets, and there are some that have price points higher than typical supermarket prices. The best way to know is to ask the locals, doing your research, or by trial and error.