Why shopping at the Farmers Markets will not only save you cash, but also the environment!
These days you hear the words “Farmers markets” and may be faced with visions of people in active wear or hipsters looking to restock their kale supply… and you very well may see this, but you’ll also see a lot of people going about their weekly shopping. All jokes aside, you'll find the people heading along to the farmers markets are pretty smart. These market goers know that, not only will shopping at the markets save you money but it will also save the environment. Big claim, I know, but I am sticking with it. How? You ask. Here’s how and why!
Perks of shopping at the farmers markets:
You’ll save money as you are shopping local. Simply put, this means the produce you buy is travelling less from point A to point B in turn taking less time and costing less money to get to you, which means it is fresher and cheaper. An added bonus: Minimising travel time and distance, decreases carbon emissions which minimises overall environmental burden.
It tastes better. At the farmer's markets, you will find a range of different local produce. As the food is grown and produced locally, it is food that is naturally in season in your region, therefore, at it’s best. Also, you’ll find a lot of stalls have organic produce and produce that hasn’t had a heavy reliance on chemicals to boost growth, flavour and preservation. Instead, you are going to find fruits and vegetables packed with flavour.
You are supporting local businesses and their families. By supporting local businesses, the flow on effect is pretty damn cool! Not only will you be helping to grow local businesses, but this is, in turn, helps grow jobs in the area.
There is often a misconception that buying local is more expensive and I can tell you in my experience that is not the case if you shop smartly. You’ll find a lot of specials at the farmer's markets, and will often walk away spending a lot less than you would have in a supermarket. The reason behind a cheaper price for you is to do with the reduced costs of transport and packaging that is involved with food that has travelled a long way. One downside is you are less likely to find certain foods at certain times of the year, but when you put that in perspective, do you really need that coconut? Probably not.
So do yourself a favour, take an hour out of your week and head down to the farmer’s markets and save yourself some money while knowing you’re also doing good for the environment.