4 Reasons To Utilize Your Local Farmer’s Market
Fruits + veggies are at their prime during the summertime. Fresh salads, refreshing smoothies — what could be better than that? Instead of strolling the grocery store aisles to shop for your produce this summer, we challenge you to find your local farmer’s market + shop local instead. Here’s our guide to making the most of your local farmer’s market:
#1] Connect with your community
Farmer’s markets are an important piece of a community because they allow farmers to sell their products + produce directly to consumers. They’re also a fun way to get outside + enjoy the fresh air! Next time you’re at the farmer’s market, take a few minutes to chat with one of the vendors about their story + their mission behind their products — you won’t regret it!
#2] Eat in season
Not only does eating seasonal produce taste better, but it’s also better for the environment + better for your health. The seasonal produce you’ll find will differ based on your location, but look out for corn, berries, tomatoes, zucchini, + peaches! You’re bound to find all of your favorite flavors for a delicious smoothie, like this one from #CHAARGBootycamp! ; )
#3] Protect the environment
Shopping local is great for the environment because the food doesn’t have to travel far to make it from the farm to your table! We’re always looking for ways to be more environmentally conscious + the farmer’s market is a fun way to get your family involved, too!
#4] Support local businesses
Shopping local is important for the community aspect, but it’s also important for the economy of your town or city. People work hard to bring you the delicious products you’ll find at the farmer’s market — help them celebrate all of their hard work!
HOW TO FIND YOUR LOCAL MARKET
Most markets are heavily advertised by your local government, but a quick Google search will help you find all of the ones around you! Some towns offer multiple markets a week that sell different types of products, so if you’re looking for something in particular [i.e. organic produce], be on the lookout for that! Also pay attention to market opening + closing times.
WHAT TO BRING
- Cash // most markets will take credit card, but bring a little bit of cash along just in case!
- Reusable bags // this is another part of our movement towards being more sustainable for our environment! Plus, a cute reusable bag is much better than a plastic one!
- Friends // find your local farmer’s market, grab your bolt babes, + get shopping!
Have you found your local farmer’s market? Share with us in the comments or on Instagram using #inCHAARG!