Every month here at Wildwood & Sage I feature a different cause, or organization that makes the world a better place. My goal is to highlight the various ways you, dear readers & Wildthings, can get involved and make the world a kinder, greener, and more fair place for all it’s inhabitants. View previous causes of the month and other activism opportunities here.
Summer is in full swing and that means gardens and farms are producing tons of fresh fruits and veggies. The best place to get your fresh fruit & veggies (along with other hand made & artisanal goodies) is your local farmer’s market. What’s better than directly buying from those producing your food? July’s cause of the month is your local farmer’s market! No matter where you are from a big city to a small town you probably have a farmer’s market in your backyard. Now is the perfect time to get to know yours.
Benefits of Farmer’s Markets
Why bother shopping at a farmers market anyway? There are lots of reasons! Here’s just a few:
- Directly supports local farmers & artisans
- Freshest produce
- Environmentally friendly (reduces food transportation emissions)
- Supports small family farms & businesses
- Builds community
- Affordable (many even take food stamps!)
- Seasonal, local, produce
- Supports your local economy (money spent in your area stays in your area)
- More variety of produce and goods
- Promotes local agriculture and artisans
Farmer’s markets not only benefit the farmers who sell directly to customers, but also the customers and the local economy. It’s also a great way to learn about the agriculture in your area and the associated artisan businesses.
How to Find a Farmer’s Market Near You
One of the easiest ways to find a farmer’s market near you is to keep an eye out for fliers and signs in your town or city. The farmer’s market in my home town always takes place in the same spot, on the same day of the week. They have a sign letting you know exactly when it will be going on. You also may want to look at your local papers for advertisements of local farmer’s markets. If those options fail there’s always the internet!
- Local Harvest
- Local Farm Markets
- USDA National Farmer’s Market Directory
- PBS Farmer’s Market Directory
Farmer’s markets are a wonderful way to get the freshest, in season produce and other artisanal goods. Many farmer’s markets also sell prepared foods and snacks, natural products such as beeswax, candles, maple syrup, honey, natural soaps, handmade goods, and sweets. They make for the perfect summer outing that is fun for the whole family.