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Try Your Local Farmers Market

Try Your Local Farmers Market

Today I had such a good day that I wanted to share it with my gardening buddies. I spent most of the morning visiting several Farmers Markets around Brisbane. It had been a while since I had been to a Farmers Market and I am asking myself the question; why has it been been such a long time?

Part of the answer is that I grow a lot of my own produce, but I know not everyone is as lucky as myself in this area. However, today has convinced me that when I need to purchase produce in the future, when ever possible, I will do so from my local Farmers Market. I have been thinking and researching about why I should do this and have a come up with the following reasons:

  • It is easier to be fully aware of where my food is coming from.
  • I am supporting local farmers and small businesses closely connected to our farmers and local community.
  • I am convinced that the food simply tastes better - the flavours seem to be more intense.
  • The foods available are more seasonal and not stored for long periods of time or force ripened - this is probably linked to why the flavours are better.
  • The carbon footprint is likely to be less - more organic farming practices (or at least I can choose those that are) and less transport from farm to plate.
  • The types of produce seems to be more diverse than what is available in the local supermarkets.
  • The prices are usually cheaper - cheaper price for better produce!

While I am sure that there are other reasons that could be added to those above, I found that I left the markets with a positive feeling that I don't have after shopping in supermarkets - I met and communicated with more people - there was a real feeling of "community". So perhaps Farmers Markets are not just about the quality produce that is available, but also about the community building they provide.

So do yourself a favour when you next need to do some grocery shopping, try a local Farmers Market instead.

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  • Thanks Graeme ..... nice article. We also really like the idea of Farmers Markets and the community building that they can provide, not to mention theThanks Graeme ..... nice article. We also really like the idea of Farmers Markets and the community building that they can provide, not to mention the health and environmental advantages. Shame about the plastic bags in the photo though
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  • I couldn't agree more. I get most of my produce from Brisbane's west End Markets and the quality and price is much better than I can get from the locaI couldn't agree more. I get most of my produce from Brisbane's west End Markets and the quality and price is much better than I can get from the local supermarkets. These are the markets I go to:  http://www.daviesparkmarket.com.au/  More ...
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