Supporting local business is a common initiative in many communities, one of the best ways to do this is to visit a local farmers market. Local businesses, farmers, gardeners, crafters, independent sellers, and artists can all utilize farmers markets to reach new customers. Supporting these local sellers can be a fun activity for community members including families, individuals, and even tourists.
Some farmers markets are held weekly or monthly depending on the demand. In larger communities farmers markets are held year round and moved inside during winter months. Although you may not find much seasonal produce during the winter months, local businesses and entrepreneurs may use these farmers markets to sell their unique products, from home decorations to crafts or baked goods. Check out your local community facebook pages or local chamber of commerce websites to find information about farmers markets near you.
Farmers markets are a great way to meet local business owners and find out about new and unique products made in your area. As the USDA mentions on their website, buying straight from the vendor who grew your produce can be a great way to learn tips and tricks to prepare your newly purchased produce! Other benefits of buying local can do more than just support growers you know, you can also support your own allergy and immune health! According to Farmers’ Almanac online, buying honey from local beekeepers can build immunity to local allergens as “raw honey also contains bee pollen and bee propolis, which boosts the immune system.”
Aside from the health and economic benefits that go with purchasing from a local market, the atmosphere of farmers markets is often the most alluring part! Witnessing people from all walks of life gathered together in an open air setting full of delicious food, hand-crafted products, and beautiful produce is a unique experience in itself. Whether you are enjoying the market by yourself, with friends, or by bringing your whole family everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the products and services offered by the vendors.