Summertime is a great time for fun new adventures! Have you ventured out to your local Farmers Market lately? Here are just a few reasons why you should consider making plans to visit soon!
- Support the Local Community
We’ve all heard about the push to support local businesses, but this also applies to supporting local farmers. When you buy from a local farmer, you support local growers and their families. The dollars that you invest in local purchases help local families thrive and encourage additional local vendors to participate. Sometimes giving back to your community happens through simply deciding where to shop.
- Healthier Lifestyle Choices
So many sources say that when you go to the grocery store you should limit yourself to the outside perimeter of the store to stay away from processed foods and close to the fresh produce and whole foods. Well, at a local farmers market, you can peruse the aisles without guilt or self-imposed restrictions; it’s full of healthy options! Why tempt yourself with that Captain Crunch Berries box on the grocery store endcap when all you really came in for were the berries, like honeyberries? (Ya know— the real kind?)
- So Many Options
Based upon the season, there truly are so many choices available for you to choose from. With so many options, you can rotate through different fresh foods, including many that may be native to your area and not available in larger chain stores. Pick up some produce you have loved for years and grab additional ones that you’ve never heard of before! Ever heard of a mouse melon, anyone? Also check out this list that was developed to help you know what you should never pass up when at the market!
- Better Value
Eating healthy can be flat out expensive, but when you shop from local vendors it’s a much more affordable option. They don’t have the same kind of overhead expenses as larger stores. This means farmers can charge a fraction of the cost you would pay in the store, allowing you to purchase fresher options for a better price. #BetterValueForSure
- Experience Local Culture
Having traveled all over the country, I’ve seen what both big cities and rural communities have to offer and let me tell you, you have a treasure of a farmers market in Dallas. It’s actually one of the oldest and largest food distribution centers in the country. With so many events, shopping options and vendors that come together to produce its own look and feel, it ultimately creates a unique culture of its very own. Why would you pass up an opportunity to experience a unique culture that provides a fun and healthy experience and ultimately saves you money?
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