Last Saturday Judd suggested we head into Conway for the local farmers market. I love a good Farmer’s Market! Nothing beats the site of fresh produce and local vendors. We met a lot of wonderful people behind each booth. Here are 5 perks of shopping at a Farmer’s Market.
It encourages you to buy local.
Farmer’s Markets offer shoppers goods and services that are locally grown/made. I am all for the “Farm to Table” style of cooking and what better place to get locally grown foods then a Farmer’s Market. Plus it helps those small business owners succeed when locals buy their goods.
Produce is cheaper and better quality.
Like most people, I tend to rely on my grocery store for produce. But at the Farmer’s Market the produce is a lot cheaper to buy and it’s better quality. Plus this produce is most likely grown in the same state that you live in. Truly local!
It’s a great way to meet the locals.
Since we are still very new to South Carolina, visiting our local Farmer’s Market seemed like a perfect way to meet some locals. We met a lovely couple who creates custom wood furniture and decor from reclaimed wood. They also restore antique furniture. This of course made me giddy with excitement as I’ve been in the market for vintage pieces for our future home. We also met a gentlemen who had a bee farm. He creates wax candles and soaps with his wife using essential oils for fragrance.
You know exactly where your items came from.
Unlike grocery stores, Farmer’s Markets usually have information about where your produce is from. Say for instance that you buy some tomatoes and you talk to the vendor of that particular booth. She will probably tell you that she grew those tomatoes in her garden on her farm. It’s nice to know where your food comes from!
It’s a great way to support local small businesses.
I am a huge fan of supporting small businesses. These small business owners work their tails off to keep their businesses running and put food on the table. Whether they are farmers, woodworkers or just bee keepers, small business owners help stimulate our local economy.
What are your favorite things about farmer’s markets?