Thursday, March 3, 2011

So Why Go to a Farmers Market?

For the Consumers
  • They provide direct contact and feedback between customers and producers, so you can be sure how your vegetables are grown and meat produced.
  • They help to improve diet and nutrition by providing access to fresh food.
  • They play an important role in educating the consumer as to the production and origin of their food.
  • They can be a source of information and inspiration on how to cook and prepare fresh ingredients.
For the Environment
  • They help reduce food miles, thus vehicle pollution, noise, and fossil fuel use.
  • They help to reduce packaging.
  • They encourage more environmental production practices, such as organic or pesticide free.
  • They encourage farm diversification and hence bio-diversity.
For the Community & Local Economy
  • They help bring life into towns and cities aiding regeneration.
  • They encourage social interaction particularly between rural and urban communities.
  • They stimulate local economic development by increasing employment, encouraging consumers to support local business, and thus keeping the money within the local community.
  • They attract business to retailers in the vicinity.
So visit your local Farmers Market and enjoy the locally grown, locally made items...

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