Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Do You Visit Farmers Markets?

My Farmers Market

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Local Farmers markets

Of course I don't always stay in my garden and part of my life is to visit Farmers markets where I do get many of my plants and items for the garden and food for our home. As things start to slow in the garden I wanted to tell you about our Farmers markets. 

I love Farmers Markets. We always go to our local Farmers Market when it is on and as its not on every week we sometimes go to to others in nearby villages and towns.
The atmosphere at our local farmers market is great and we buy fresh, lovely produce and crafts. This page is a celebration of Farmers markets, local produce and why we love them!

I will be honest with you and say that I do shop at supermarkets and local shops as well but I do try to shop local whenever possible.

They can also offer goods farmers markets do not and are available every day while our local farmers market is once a month. I am grateful that they are there for me but I do love to shop at the farmers market when I can for the reasons I give below.

Please note that all the photographs were taken by me or my husband and I appreciate you not copying.


Why Shop At A Local Farmers Market? - Reasons to buy local produce at a local farmers market.


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One simple reason is that it supports our local farmers. By buying directly from the farmer and their stall there is no middleman. This means that the prices are lower for the buyer and the farmer doesn't have to work with anyone else to sell his goods. Therefore he or she can keep more of the money you give to him/her.

This helps farmers, especially on the smaller farms, stay in business and make a decent profit-while you still get the goods at a good price.

In addition you can ask the farmer at your local Farmers Market, directly any questions you want to know about how the vegetables are produced, how the animals are kept etc.

Sociable shopping at your local farmers market



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I Love Shopping At A Farmers Market

Its a really different feel shopping at a Local farmers market to shopping in a supermarket.

To us supermarket shopping feels like a bit of a slog. It always feels rushed and its rare anyone talks to you, except for the often wonderful checkout staff. It is a job to be done.

However we look forward to the farmers market. We often walk down and its great to see so many people there. We always have fun there and get great goods and it feels much more relaxed.

Now that we have been doing this for a while we know the same farmers and are building up a relationship/rapport with them. I now know exactly who I like to get my free range eggs and veg from.  I always fuss the stall holders dogs if they bring them!  

We also meet other people there, some we know, some we don't know but people seem to be happier to chat and pass the time of day with you when its in this environment. Often there are charity stalls who explain their work and receive donations.

Parents bring their kids who can run around safe and no one minds if they laugh and shout and have fun. People bring their dogs too and again no one minds and in fact its a very sociable meeting place for dog owners. All in all its a good sociable atmosphere.

Often at our local farmers market there is live entertainment from local groups and bands as well. People just seem more relaxed somehow...

It is really lovely to have this sense of community so sadly lacking in many areas of life now.

Tasty food at your Local Farmers Market

Most of the food at a farmers market is really fresh. Vegetables and fruit picked very recently are sweet and tender. It usually hasn't travelled far, so is fresher and better for you.

From the second food is picked or harvested, any natural sugars start to turn to starch, so the longer it travels and takes to get to you the less tasty it will be.

When you buy direct from a farmer, you are in touch with the seasons and generally seasonal veg and fruit will be on their stalls. This produce is therefore at its best and most abundant and therefore often cheaper.

For anyone used to supermarket goods though there are a few things to get used to. The carrots will not necessarily be of a similar size. Vegetables might not be trimmed to the same length. Many farmers bring their goods form straight form the earth so they may have a light covering of earth in some cases. The fruit especially the apples smell of fresh air and sunshine , the greenness of the produce is natural with some flaws. You get to choose from a variety of sizes of cauliflower. It is all much more natural.

Local farmers market shopping list...

Carrots
Cabbage
Fruits
Greetings cards
Cheese
Free range eggs
Gifts from the craft stalls. 
Potatoes
Greens
Homemade jam

Your Local Economy. How farmers markets can help

If you buy locally grown produce at your farmers market, not only are you cutting the miles food usually travels but you are helping your local farmers and craftspeople. The better they do potentially the more job creation there may be available.

Also farmers markets have become a bit of a tourist attraction in some areas, attracting people visiting the area to try out local produce and if self catering in a holiday cottage or camping to buy their food there too.

It is not all about the food either, at our local market there are a variety of craft stalls run by local people including handmade soaps, candles, and items like picture framing. 

Sometimes there are handmade baskets, wooden carvings and even very large items like solid wooden garden furniture and beautiful metal items for the garden and home. Garden goods can be found such as wormeries, outdoor decorations, herbs, fruit trees and flowers.

It can be a great place to find that special unique present for friends and family or even just for you or your home!

Some of The Best Aspect Of Farmers Markets.

  • Sociable shopping
  • Local fresh seasonal produce
  • Less food waste
  • Helps the local economy/supports local farmers and crafts people
  • Local crafts

Farmers Markets reducing waste. - Don't let good food go to waste.



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Sadly some food heading for supermarkets is rejected as it does not look the standard the supermarkets want to sell, i.e. it is the wrong size or shape or sometimes not quite the right colour. This is what supermarkets think we want. So good food is rejected and goes to waste.

Personally I do not care what size my carrots are, or if my cabbage is a perfect shape, just that they are good to eat! You may well find a variety of shapes, sizes and colours of produce at a local farmers market, but it's all tasty!

I am not knocking supermarkets. They do an incredible service and are there for us many hours almost every day, supplying us with all manner of foods that we cannot get locally. I just feel we need to celebrate our farmers markets too as we do not want to lose them.

Stalls You May Find At A Local Farmers Market

There are many stalls that can be found at a local farmers market! Its is not all about fruit and veg and meats either! Here is a selection(not a definitive list) of the type of stalls you might find....

Free Range Eggs
Cheeses
Wormeries
Herb plants
Fruit trees
Flowers
Fruit and vegetables
Locally made /handmade Greetings cards
Local crafts
Handmade soaps/candles etc
Garden decorative crafts
Garden furniture
Speciality meats
Local produced sausage/fishcakes etc
Standard and more exotic meats
Homemade jams, marmalades, pickles etc
Local artists
Pet supplies.
and many more

The Farmers Market Is Where I Get A Lot Of My Plants For Our Garden

Thank you for your visit. Do You visit Farmers markets?


I would love to hear about your local Farmers market. I do read each comment before publishing and appreciate you taking the time to comment.


Thank you for your visit

I would love to hear about your local Farmers market. I do read each comment before publishing and appreciate you taking the time to comment.Here are some comments from when this was published on  a different site.

Thank you

RaintreeAnnie profile image
Oh that is wonderful! I wish ours were that often. In addition to our local one, we tend to now go to a couple in villages around us so that we can visit a farmers market nearly every week. Thank you for visiting I appreciate that :)


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Virginia Allain 10 months ago from Central Florida Level 3 Commenter
We are so lucky in our retirement community that we have a market on Mondays and Fridays. Very convenient.


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Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha
On Tuesdays and not too far from here. Lots of fresh produce. Love it!


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CastleRoyLisa 4 years ago from Rhode Island
I love farmer markets . we used to have a big one In my home town wonderful lens.


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Tamara14 4 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe
Great lens! I'm just finishing my another health lens today and this was such a nice reading. I'm from Croatia (Europe) and we still have this great tradition of having farmers markets in ALL cities. So, I enjoy healthy foods every week:-)


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MargoPArrowsmith 4 years ago
We have a great one here, but I don't go enough. Thanks for reminding me!


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Wednesday-Elf 4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia Level 2 Commenter
I participated in a local Farmers Market in South Carolina (Pendleton) for the past two summers, having a table selling my crafts, and usually coming home with my fresh vegetables for dinner and/or a tasty fresh homemade baked treat! The local farmers are great to know and by buying from them you know exactly what you are getting. Farmers Markets everywhere are the best places to shop for fresh fruits & vegetables and nifty & unique locally handmade gifts.



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