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Shop at Your Local Farmers' Market

Buy local, organic food from your farmers’ market and support healthy living, healthy communities, and a healthy planet.

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Have you read about the benefits of buying fresh, local, organic food but aren’t sure where to go? Make the local farmers’ market your new favorite place.

Dozens of local farmers, artisans and artists gather at farmers’ markets to sell their own products, so you can find out exactly where your food comes from and how its grown. Here, you can have an honest conversation about what you’re buying with a grower who’s interested in teling you about it. Local farmers live on or near their farms so they have a vested interest in keeping the surrounding land healthy, unlike big corporate farms, which often pollute the land and are not members of the community. Farmers’ market products also save resources because unlike food from a supermarket that may have travelled across the world to get to you, they are unpackaged and travel only short distances.

Most stands at a farmers’ market will be organic, whether or not you see the USDA seal. Small farmer’s can’t always afford organic certification, but most of them will follow (if not exceed) the guidelines, providing you with delicious, healthy food. Bring your own reusable containers and bags and start enjoying the local farmers market scene!

 

Take Action / Next Steps
  • Want to learn more? Click here to read about the benefits of shopping local and organic on ecomii.
  • Visit localharvest.org to find the farmers market nearest you and learn more about farmers markets

 

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1.US Department of Agriculture. [16 May 2006]. 2000 USDA Farmers Market Study Statistics. Available from: http://www.ams.usda.gov/ [24 July 2008].

2.Breach, Sam. “The Farmers’ Market versus Safeway: Something to Ponder.” [20 May 2007] Becks and Posh. Available from: http://becksposhnosh.blogspot.com/2007/05/farmers-market-versus-safeway.html [24 July 2008].

3.Riley, Trish. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Green Living, p. 127. New York: Alpha Books, 2007.

4.Environmental Protection Agency. [11 Sept 2007] "Ag 101, Land Use Overview." Available from: http://www.epa.gov/agriculture/ag101/landuse.html [11 Aug 2008].

5.Astrom, Francie. [26 June 2008] “Cultivate the healthiest food from the farmers' market.” Health News. Available from: http://blog.cleveland.com/health/2008/06/cultivate_the_healthiest_food.html [11 Aug 2008].

 
 
 
 
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