Farmers markets benefit environment, support health
By Arley Hoskin
With spring in full swing, farmers markets are open throughout the metro area.
Last weekend I made a visit to the Saturday farmers market in Lawrence. As I walked from booth to booth, I remembered all the reasons I love the farmers market.
I love the social aspect of the farmers market. The mundane task of buying groceries is transformed into a fun, family event at the farmers market.
I love that you know where your food comes from at the farmers market.
I love that you get to meet the farmers. Seeing who labored for your food gives you a greater awareness about your food. And I’m convinced the more aware we are about our food, the more intentional we will be when we choose what food to eat.
I love that farmers markets support farmers and the local economy.
I love the environmental impacts of shopping at the farmers market. Local farmers often use sustainable farming techniques that preserve the land. And when you buy local, less fossil fuels are used to transport your food to you.
I love the health benefits of food available at farmers markets. Fresh fruits and vegetables, you can’t beat that. And meat available at farmers markets are often free-range, grass-fed and antibiotic-free.
Going to my local farmers market makes me feel good on so many levels. When you go to the farmers market you support farmers, the environment and your health. And if that isn’t reason enough for you, I’m sure the cheese and pastry samples are.
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