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3 Reasons to Shop Local Farmers Market

Updated on July 31, 2012
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What is a Farmers Market?

A farmers market is simply an indoor or outdoor market for local farmers to sell their produce and farm products.

The simplest farmers market has a few stalls set up with a variety of local grown fruits and vegetables. Most farmers markets have way more, such as sandwich and deli meats, unprocessed fresh meats, family run restaurants, cheese and dairy products, cakes, cookies, doughnuts, pastries, eggs, canned goods and much more. Non edible items are also popular with things such as homemade crafts, soap, candles, furniture, decorations and flowers.

Some farmers markets are also connected with local flea markets which provide the opportunity to browse many different random items people are willing to sell while shopping for produce.

Why Farmers use Farmers Markets

Farmers decide to use local farmers markets to sell their goods for several reasons.

The first and biggest reason is it cuts out the middleman and allows farmers to sell at competitive prices while still making a profit.

The next reason is many farmers like the direct interaction with customers who can tell the farmers exactly what they want, or any other information.

Finally, it keeps business local and lets the farmers focus on farming and not transporting goods across the country.

3 Reasons to Shop at Your Local Famers Market

There are many reasons to shop at a farmers market. It might be convenient; you might know the farmers, or almost anything else. But here are three reasons why everyone should shop at their local farmers market.

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

#1 Fresher Fruits and Vegetables

I think everyone can agree, fresher fruits and vegetables is a good thing, and farmers markets provide that. At your local farmers market you can get produce that has not been processed through large factories, has not been sprayed with various chemicals, and has not been picked early to then be transported across the country or even the world.

At the farmers market, the fruits and vegetables are picked when they are ripe, and then sold directly to you. And if you are not sure if something is ripe, you can always ask the farmer, because they will be more than willing to help you out.

I shop at a farmers market just down the road from me and every time I go there, I am confident that the fruits and vegetables are fresh and delicious. This isn’t always the case when I visit large retailers, who sometimes ship produce from halfway around the globe just so they have it stocked.

Save money at Farmers Markets
Save money at Farmers Markets | Source

#2 Cheaper Prices

In my experience, I have found farmers markets to usually be a little cheaper than regular supermarkets and in some cases, significantly cheaper. I once bought a small bin of 8-10 juicy apples for about $3.

So you can save money by shopping at farmers markets!

Farmers markets tend to be cheaper for two main reasons:

Bulk Prices – Fruits and vegetables are not usually sold per pound at farmers markets, but instead per bin or specific number. Many farmers use even pricing for convenience sake, thus selling 3 apples for a dollar instead of .89 cents per pound. This usually makes for a better deal for you, and sometimes allows a little bargaining.

Middlemen – when farmers sell directly to consumers, they cut out the middleman which can significantly reduce prices. The middleman, often supermarkets, must increase the price of products they sell in order to pay for overhead and make a profit. Thus, they usually increase their prices by 50-100%. The reason supermarket prices are still close to farmers markets is because the supermarkets get the produce at a reduced, bulk rate from large growers. So when farmers sell directly to consumer, they are able to sell it at a price that allows them to make a profit, and you to get a good deal.

These factors lead to fresher produce and cheaper prices. A win-win right? But wait, there’s more!

Local Small Farm
Local Small Farm | Source

#3 Support Local Small Business

If you shop at a local farmers market, then give yourself a pat on the back. Because you are helping to stimulate your local economy and get it back on track!

Buying your produce at local farmers markets keeps the money local, and can often quickly move around the local economy. The farmers get paid for their products, and then pay off bills or buy new equipment, which starts a cascading effect that ripples around the community.

Buying locally also helps encourage small business in your area. This not only can create jobs, but sends a message that you want quality products. Remember, every time you buy something, you are voting with your money for that product, so why not vote for something that benefits both you and your community.

Conclusion - Win-Win-Win

These are just three of many reasons why shopping at local farmers markets is beneficial for not only you, but the farmers and local community. I hope this will encourage you to find a farmers market and start shopping for fresh fruits and vegetables there. You might be surprised at what you can find at a farmers market; I found a great sushi stand at one, so get out and visit a local farmers market!

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    Peter V 4 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

    DeborahNeyens - Very true, I do always enjoy just wondering around, even if I already found what I needed. Thanks for your comment.

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    Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

    Three great reasons for visiting the local farmers market, Internpete. I would add a fourth: It's a great way to spend the morning just wandering around the farmers market seeing people and discovering new things.

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    Peter V 4 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

    GetitScene - wow that is amazing you were able to save so much! Thanks for your kind words and comment!

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    Dale Anderson 4 years ago from The High Seas

    LOVE this article. I wrote one very similar a year ago but it wasn't nearly as good as this one. My wife and I have gone on several vacationns based on the money we saved by switching from a grocery store to a farmer's market.

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    Peter V 5 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

    Best Language - I don't know of any studies about the health benefits of local food, but I do know it is economically beneficial. I wouldn't not be surprised if it was much more healthy to buy local grown produce, especially if it does not have the pesticides and other chemicals used on it.

    Thanks for your comment!

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    Best Language 5 years ago

    Super interesting hub! I'm just curious if you know of any studies or research regarding the health benefits of buying food locally? Either way, very interesting information.

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    Peter V 5 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

    Farmer Rachel - I think it is great to learn about the foods we eat, doesn't make any sense to just put food in your mouth! Thanks for your comment!

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    Rachel Koski 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, now farming in Minnesota

    Great hub! It's always a good idea to support local farmers when possible. If you buy from a farmer's market, you can also learn about were your food comes from, and make sure you agree with the methods of production that are being used. Voted this one up and more!

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    Peter V 5 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

    lindacee - You're right, you can't been supporting the local economy and saving money! Thanks for reading and leaving a comment!

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    lindacee 5 years ago from Arizona

    There's a wonderful weekend farmer's market right down the street from my apartment. Great place to shop for produce and handcrafted items. I love the idea of supporting the local economy and saving $$ at the same time. Super Hub! Voted up, useful and interesting!

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    Peter V 5 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

    RTalloni - It sounds like you are able to find a wonderful variety of interesting foods! I am actually visiting Florida in the near future, and looking forward to the fresh fruits from there! Thank you for your comment!

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    RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

    Win-Win indeed! We live in a an area convenient to 4 states that give us a variety of farmer's markets. With Florida just a jaunt over the horizon we have added convenience to fresh fruits and veggies.

    You've highlighted a great topic!

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    Peter V 5 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

    Becky - That's great! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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    Rfordin 5 years ago from Florida

    We have one local farmers market and while it's kinda outta the way we make it a point to go out of our way to shop there for all the reasons you mentioned. Good hub!

    ~Becky

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    Peter V 5 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

    Deb Welch - Yep, every now and then you find a bad apple (hehe). But, as you said, it is usually a great experience! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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    Deb Welch 5 years ago

    I have gone to Farmer's Market for many years and mostly love the foods and the experience. Yes - sometimes you might get fooled but for the most part - excellent. Up - Useful and Interesting - will share on FaceBook. Thanks.

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    Peter V 5 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

    nikkiraeink - Fresh fish sounds awesome! When I lived in Okinawa, Japan, we had lots of access to fresh fish and it was great. Now I am in Michigan, and it is much harder to get good fresh fish. Thanks for your comment!

    Kris Heeter - I agree, there is something nice ab out knowing where the food you are buying came from, especially if it come from the local area. Thanks for dropping by!

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    Peter V 5 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

    molometer - Yes, there are just so many benefits. As you mentioned, avoiding transportation over long distances whenever possible is huge plus. Thanks so much for commenting and tweeting!

    Lovelovemeloveme - yep, every business starts somewhere! There is a farmers market near where I live that started out at another location as a simple booth selling produce. It now sells almost anything you can think of, and almost all is locally produced/grown/baked/etc. Thanks for reading!

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    Peter V 5 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

    dwachira - yes, isn't it great that you can get top quality AND support local farmers? Thanks for your comment and share!

    donnah75 - Totally agree, the more the better! Thanks for stopping by and commentating, and also sharing!

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    Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

    Excellent points! We have fantastic farmers market here - a large one on Saturday mornings and two small ones throughout the week. I love supporting our local farmers and knowing where my produce came from.

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    nikkiraeink 5 years ago from So. Cal.

    I love the farmers market. We are lucky where we live that we also have a fresh fish market next to the farmers market. Voted up and awesome!

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    Lovelovemeloveme 5 years ago from Cindee's Land

    thank you for the hub. very godo advice.

    every business has to start somewhere right? and they always start small. =) pricier, doesnt necessarily mean better. thanks for the hub

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    molometer 5 years ago from United Kingdom

    This is great advice and very sensible too. The less distance our food has to travel the better for all including the planet. Supporting local farmers and producers just makes good sense. Voted up all the way and tweeting.

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    Donna Hilbrandt 5 years ago from Upstate New York

    Good advice. The more we can shop locally, the better. If we support our neighbors, it will certainly improve our quality of life locally. Plus, as you mentioned, the produce is fresher and tastes better. That is a definite win. Voted up and sharing.

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    [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

    Hi internpete, i always try to source my items locally if i can, not only do i know that am promoting the local market but also for some items like grocery i know am getting the best. Voted up, useful and more.

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    Peter V 5 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

    g-girl11 - I have noticed that as well in some locations! The only reason I can think they would sell produce not from the local area is because it isn't available. But that is not a good excuse! Glad you will be looking into other farmers markets and thanks for reading/commenting!

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    g-girl11 5 years ago

    I've been disappointed lately in "local" farmers' markets because the vegetables I don't think have been locally grown, but rather brought in from other locations. Plus the vegetables haven't been so great. There is a bigger farmer's market in our area that I've never tried though, and your hub has inspired me not to give up! I do want to support local growers and there is nothing like fresh fruit and vegetables.

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    Peter V 5 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

    Movie Master - Thank you for dropping by and reading! Yes, I didn't mention the friendly service in this hub, but that is a great point!

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    Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

    All good reasons for shopping at our local farmers market, I find the food much fresher and usually cheaper than the supermarket and it's always nice, friendly service!

    Thank you for such an interesting article, voted up and shared.

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    Peter V 5 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

    Pam - Yes, sometimes I like just wondering around too! You never know what you might find at a farmers market, and it is fun to see what people bring/make. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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    Pamela-anne 5 years ago from Miller Lake

    I love going to my local farmers market I like to treat myself to some flowers and they have great deals on them and its a nice place to spend part of the day wondering around checking out the sights. take care pam.