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.