SEVEN REASONS YOU SHOULD FREQUENT FARMERS MARKETS
With Farmers Markets popping up all over the place, it’s hard not to wonder what all the hypes about. Luckily, I’m here to tell you! I have spent my fair share of time at markets all over the country and although the atmosphere, the vendors, and the people may change, there are some things that stay the same across the board. These uniform attributes are some of the main reasons why you should get you butt to a farmer’s market!
WRITTEN BY: KATIE BOYLE
THE PEOPLE WATCHING
This reason kind of speaks for itself. Just like fairs, boardwalks, and malls, farmer’s markets are a place where people of all shapes and sizes congregate. Because a farmer’s market brings about people for all different reasons, the type of people that attend range as well. This makes for some awesome observing.
Farmers Markets are like an amped up version of Costco (for those of you who have never been to Costco, I have two words for you – Samples Galore). Vendors that are at the market have unique items and want their potential customers to understand why their product deserves to be purchased. This means you have an endless supply of baked goods, sauces, salsas, cheese dips, drinks, lotions, make up, hair products…you name it, there is probably a sample of it at the local farmer’s market. My best advice for the market goers is to go hungry.
One of my personal favorite reasons why shopping at a farmer’s market is the best is because you are supporting the local community. Most Vendors that you will find at these shindigs are local farms from within the area or start-up businesses that have a passion for their products and are striving for a chance to show their fellow community members that their stuff is worth a try. Another great part about shopping local is that you are reducing your carbon footprint. The food and products that you are purchasing are most likely grown are made in your town, city, county, or state. This is way better for the environment that purchasing a product that was shipped from out of state or even out of the country.
Instead spending your time shopping indoors, why not take a visit to an outdoor market! Farmer’s Markets typically run from the spring through the beginning or middle of fall (this all depends on where you are) and are almost always outdoors. Some are in parking lots and others are held in streets for a few blocks. It only makes sense to purchase your food where it was grown – outdoors!
If you’re as much as a dog-lover as I am, than Farmer’s Markets are your calling. Since the markets are outside, its free reign for people to bring their beloved fluff-balls. Big dogs, small dogs, hyper dogs, calm dogs – these places have got them all. But beware – the constant cuteness makes you want to go out any buy the first pup you see.
MEETING NEW PEOPLE
Hundreds of people attend a single farmer’s market it, making it a great place to meet new people. When I attend a market, I find myself talking to every vendor that’s booth I walk up to. They are chalk full of stories, tips, and information that you would never learn from going to a supermarket or department store. I’m not saying you’re going to meet your life-long best friend, but you will absolutely meet some amazing characters.
THE PREPARED FOOD
I know I mentioned earlier that there were free samples galore, but the prepared food that you can purchase at Farmer’s Market is also a top reason why you should visit one. Depending on the size of the market, you can find tents and food trucks with a range of meals to scarf down. I’ve had anything from tamale’s to Texas toast grilled cheese to out of this world crepes.