Mrs. SPF and I really enjoy our Saturday morning trip to our local Farmer’s Market. For a city our size we have a substantial market that runs every Saturday morning at the local arena. During the winter months there are about 40-50 vendors and when spring and summer arrive this number balloons to well over 100 vendors. Farmers from the region rise well before dawn to set up their booths which display locally produced fruits, vegetables and other delicacies like maple syrup, cheese, herbs and plants.
Shopping at our farmers market does not always save us money. Honestly, the items for sale at the market are sometimes more expensive than we can find at our grocery store and definitely more expensive than Walmart (which we boycott). We do get many items like bacon and mushrooms amongst other things which are very comparable in cost to grocery store. However, the primary value we derive from shopping at the farmers market comes from engaging our community and financially supporting local business people who spend their earnings in our community. Most importantly our food is produced and delivered locally which greatly reduces the carbon “miles” our food travels from farm to table.
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