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Editor’s  Note: Today’s post comes from Erika at Homestead Simple. Erika is a wife, entrepreneur, homesteader, and homeschooling mom. She
enjoys learning and embracing the healthy, natural part of life. Welcome, Erika!

Visiting a farmers market is one way to buy local and a great way to eat healthier. If you’ve never visited your local farmers market then I’m here to encourage you to do so! :)

7 Reasons Why You Should Buy From The Farmers Market

  1. Locally grown food simply tastes better.
  2. Grown naturally and mostly organic and GMO-free (if unsure, don’t be afraid to ask).
  3. It’s an opportunity to be more green.
  4. Fresh food is more likely to keep you healthy and prevent illness than the heavily processed foods found at the supermarket.
  5. Buying from local farms supports family farms and your local economy.
  6. Purchasing local food builds community.
  7. Local food is our future.

When going to the local farmers market you’ll find out lot’s of information like: where your food comes from, where you can find u-pick farms and other locations where local farmers sell other products or participate in CSAs.

CSA

What’s a CSA? It stands for community supported agriculture, which means it is an arrangement with local farmers for weekly deliveries of produce. It’s a very easy way to keep stocked up on fresh produce! There are some great blogs out there where ladies share recipes they make up from their CSA box they received that week.

Whenever I visit the local farmers market I learn something new, and I get to meet great people who believe in what I believe in: that all things should be as natural and organic as possible!

What You Find

At a farmers market you can find produce grown naturally or organically, meats that have been raised humanely on pasture, handmade farmstead cheeses, eggs and poultry from free-range fowl, as well as lots of unique heirloom produce (I love heirloom produce, the fun vibrant colors, unique and crazy shapes and sizes. That’s a conversation starter and learning experience in itself!).  I can’t forget about the heritage breeds of meat and fowl you’re bound to find out about that you may have never knew existed.

Make New Friends

I’ve had the pleasure of making many new friends who have an abundance of inspiration to keep things natural and organic. From goat farmers who make some of the best tasting goat cheese I’ve ever tasted to being invited to a local 130 year old farm where they raise only grass-fed beef. No antibiotics, growth hormones, herbicides, or pesticides are ever used. Talk about having the chance to see where your food comes from! It’s not every day you get to meet others who are excited about all things natural!

Non-food Options

Most farmers markets have much more than food. But the fresh, fun food is reason enough to visit! (Remember my mention up there about the best goat cheese I’ve ever tasted? Be sure try the samples at the farmer’s market, it’ll make those taste buds of yours happy and you might even encounter a new food that you love!) You will find many vendors with personal goods and crafts like organic hemp seed products, local honey from bee keepers and wax for those (like me) who enjoy soap and candle making, alpaca wool for knitting, and so much more! Most farmers markets will reflect your area’s culture and economy. Some markets are smaller and held at local parks and other markets could be in the city and take up several city blocks.

Paying a visit to your local farmers market is such a refreshing take on being more green, preparing to be more healthy, and it feels good to know you are living of the land like we were intend to do.

When you choose to support local farmers today, you’re helping ensure that there will be local farms in your community tomorrow, and that gives all future generations the opportunity to keep nourishing, flavorful, wholesome, and abundant food on their dinner plate. If you know all about farmers markets then you know where I’m coming from!

What’s your favorite part of the farmers market?

**This post has been entered into The Wednesday Fresh Foods Blog Hop #8.**

 

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My name is Jill, and I am the editor here at Modern Alternative Kitchen. I have been on a real food journey since July of 2011 and am passionate about food. I am a Jesus-loving, Bible-reading, kombucha-brewing, raw milk–drinking, real food–eating gal. I was born and raised in the Midwest, and after a 2-year stint in Seattle, we are back in the Midwest and expecting our first child in August 2013.

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4 Comments

  1. the eggs. and the tomatoes. and the squash blossoms. and the cheese. and the sunshine. and all the dogs. and the doughnut man. yup.

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  2. I love my farmer’s market. Just looking at all the fresh local food gets me excited about eating healthy! The best part is when my husband goes with me. He gets so excited it cracks me up! The farmers there are very nice too. Real people growing real food.

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  4. there are so many good reasons to go to the farmer’s market – im so glad you’re putting the word out there!

    thank you for taking the time to share with us at The Wednesday Fresh Foods Blog Hop – we hope to see you again this week with more incredible posts! xo, kristy

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