Ten Great Reasons to Shop at Farmer’s markets

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I saw a flyer the other day advertising the opening of Salt Lake City’s “Downtown Farmer’s Market”, and I got curious.  I had heard of it, I had actually for years, but I had never been there.  So I took it upon myself to find out more about it and see if I could make time to experience it.

My first question was, of course, why should I shop at a farmer’s market? Here are ten reasons to shop at a farmer's market put together by Dr. Edward Group, at https://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/farmers-market/

“1. Buying Locally

Buying from your local farmer allows you to support local agriculture. This means that the food you are eating comes from nearby, and does not require us to waste lots of energy and petroleum to ship the food halfway around the world. You are eating food in your own environment, where it has perfectly-created nutrients for your specific climate and region. You are also supporting the environment by reducing the usage of fossil fuels.

 2. Cheaper Organic Fruits & Veggies

You can find a variety of fresh, organic produce at more affordable prices than in a supermarket. There are also many farmers that carry products that are not technically “organic,” (as this is a costly and often bureaucratic-heavy process), but have many low-priced foods that are pesticide and herbicide free. The advantage at a farmers market is that you can actually talk to the farmer, learn about their methods, and then decide for yourself and in most cases they will allow you to come and visit their farm

 3. Supporting Your Local Economy & Farmers

You are supporting human beings and the local economy, not massive agribusiness GMO food conglomerates.  Not only will your money be staying in your area, but you will happily please the farmer that worked to grow that food. Your belly will remember the farmer’s smile as they handed you that juicy peach.

 4. Eat Seasonally

By shopping at the local farmers market, you will eat seasonally, fresh and ripe. This is another great way to increase your overall health. Supermarkets offer too much variety and the food is picked before it has ripened decreasing the vitality. The body does not need to be eating imported pineapple in the dead of a Montana winter!

 5. Safer Foods

Food from your local farmers market is generally safer. Remember the recent outbreaks of E. coli in bagged spinach? These things happen mostly in large industrial settings, where business-men work to mass produce food, preserve it and bag it in mass amounts.

 6. Fresher Fruits & Veggies

The food from your local farmers market is, quite frankly, fresher. Because it was grown locally, there is a good chance that the apple you buy from the farmer was picked a few days ago. This is virtually impossible in a big supermarket.

 7. Great Variety

There is usually an amazing variety of fruits and veggies at your local farmers market. Each farmer may have his own method for growing tomatoes or peppers. This is something that never happens at a grocery store.

 8. Better Taste

There is no doubt that locally-grown foods just simply taste better. You will never be able to eat a carrot from the grocery store again!

 9. It’s Healthy!

There’s just no way around it, eating fresh, locally-grown fruits and veggies are great for your health.  Buy yourself some local honey, which is sold at most local farmer markets. It has just the right components for allergy prevention in your neck of the woods, not to mention it’s tasty!

 10. Most Importantly — It’s Fun!

We stated it in the beginning, but farmers markets are just plain fun for the whole family. Meeting your local community is an excellent way to feel connected to the world around you, increasing health for body, mind and spirit.”

 —Dr. Edward Group, https://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/farmers-market/

 

Sounded good, so I tried it, I visited Pioneer Park last Saturday and was completely blown away.  It’s all true, everything the good doctor said, but the two things that really caught me by surprise was the variety and the superior taste of the food.  

So do it, what do you have to lose?  If you do, look for me down there, ‘cause I’m going back every Saturday from here to there.  

                                                  Every Saturday, June to October, 8 AM - 2 PM

 

 For more info check out the links at bottom of this post.  See you there!

 

A Brief History of the SLC Downtown Farmers Market:

“The Downtown Farmers Market was created in 1992 by the Downtown Alliance to introduce positive activities to Pioneer Park — a 10-acre green space notorious for criminal activities. Since the early years, the neighborhood, the Market and the local food movement have flourished. Our program has expanded to include the following markets, open on nearly 50 days each year in the Pioneer Park neighborhood:

Downtown Farmers Market and Art & Craft Market (Saturdays, June - October)

Tuesday Farmers Market (Tuesdays, August - October)

Rio Grande Winter Market (Saturdays, November - April)

Our vendor mix represents more than 100 farms and ranches from within 250 miles of Salt Lake City and includes sellers from 16 counties in Utah. In addition to farm goods, you will find handmade, locally-produce food, beverages and crafts. Our motto is "Make it, bake it, grow it", and you will find that our vendors have passion and pride for the products they bring to Market. Some of Utah's iconic food businesses started at the Market, and each year a selection of our vendors make the leap from market stall to brick-and-mortar retail business.

The Markets provide an excellent venue to help us achieve our mission, but our programs reach beyond Pioneer Park. We have our hands in canning classes, food preservation demonstrations, farm tours, pop-up markets, plant sales, brown bag lectures. If local food is on the agenda, you will likely find us there.

 The mission of the Market is to support sustainable, regional agriculture; to build community gathering places; to increase access to nutritious, local foods in urban areas; and to educate the consumer about shopping local. With your support, we can achieve those goals and make sure our community always has full plates of delicious, local food.”

 —from their website: https://slcfarmersmarket.org/about/urban-food-connections

 

Some helpful links:

https://slcfarmersmarket.org/

https://www.ams.usda.gov/local-food-directories/farmersmarkets

https://snaped.https://snaped.fns.usda.gov/seasonal-produce-guide.usda.gov/seasonal-produce-guide

https://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/what-are-phytochemicals

 

Food safety:

https://www.foodsafety.gov/blog/farmers_market.html

https://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm114299.htm