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What Makes Farmers Markets So Special

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What makes Farmers Markets so important to our community? There are so many amazing reasons, and weu2019re going to dive into that right now!

Reason #1: Youu2019re basically getting the best of the best
By shopping at your local market, youu2019re treating yourself to fresh, seasonal, produce. In fact, one study in Washington DC states that 80% of the food sold at your local farmers market is u201cfresher, cheaper, and healthier.u201d
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This is mostly due to the fact that, more often than not, farmers are utilizing sustainable practices when it comes to their produce.
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The produce youu2019re purchasing at a market is as real as it gets. At a farm, fruits and vegetables are given the necessary amount of time to ripen and are then brought directly to your local market. Thereu2019s no long-distance shipping, preservative wax, no chemicals, and no sitting around in storage.
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Most of the food found in a regular grocery store is processed and filled with substances that could have a negative effect on your health.
Reason #2: Youu2019re supporting an amazing community and your local economy
Itu2019s no secret that farmers are having a tough time competing against big corporations in the food industry. Shopping at local markets allows you to directly support family farmers.
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To put it into perspective: when you shop at a large grocery chain, farmers are only receiving about 17.4 cents of every dollar. When you shop from a farmers market, they receive upwards of 90 cents on the dollar. Youu2019re directly supporting them and their family. Whatu2019s better than that?
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On top of support farmers, youu2019re also doing your part in helping your local economy. Farmers’ markets generate business, which in turn creates jobs within your community.
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Spending money at your local market keeps your money in circulation within your community.
Reason #3: You have the opportunity to try something new at each market
Farmers’ markets are the perfect place to find a plethora of new kinds of fruits and veggies that you may not have tried before.
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Things like red carrots, purple cauliflower, and watermelon radishes are just some of the delicious varieties you can find in a market that you wonu2019t find in your average grocery store.
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Walking through the aisles of your local market can be just what you need for some culinary inspiration! Plus, if you bring the kiddos along with you to the market, you can let them pick out something new to try themselves.
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Itu2019s a win-win situation, really.
Reason #4: They're fun!

Attending a farmers’ market is the best way to spend your weekend, really. Not only do you get to mingle with other members of your community, sharing recipes and tips on how to handle your new, fresh goods, but some markets might even have live cooking demos, educational demonstrations, and more!

We All Have A Favorite Market. What's Yours?

Our city managers all across the country love spending weekends at their local farmers’ markets. Kelsey in San Antonio absolutely loves attending the Gruene Market Days, while Allison always makes sure to carve time out for the Pearl Farmers Market.

Sarah in Nashville spends her weekends at the Nashville Farmers Market! I, on the other hand, love the Atherton Market here in Charlotte!

What’s your favorite local market?

Farmers’ markets have a special place in our hearts. Remember: farmers’ markets are important because they help grow your local economy and support farmer families. Purchasing as much as we can from our local market is the easiest way we can do our part in the community.u00a0

Check out our app and find out when the next farmers market is happening in your area! We hope to see you there!
Kayla Gil

Kayla Gil

Kayla is a City Manager for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Charlotte City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Charlotte area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinCharlotte on Instagramand Facebook.

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