This heinous winter is finally coming to an end, which means one of many things- Chicago Farmer’s Markets are officially in season!
Farmer’s markets are outdoor markets that are held so that farmers can sell their fresh produce to local communities. With so many food options these days, choosing to support your local farmers is your best choice. You get fresh, normally organic, produce that’s at its peak ripeness while giving your hard earned cash to someone who truly cares about sustainable food.
As farmer’s markets take off, the variety of produce that they carry does too. You can go to the market and try fruits and vegetables that you’ve never heard of and the farmers can offer input on how to prepare those produce!
Along with the variety, the quality of the food is much greater than those found in supermarkets. Farmers usually pride themselves at markets of their organically grown, nutrient-dense produce- and they should!
Since the food that they pick was only harvested a short distance away (usually just goes from the farm, to the market, to your table), you get the most fresh in-season ingredients to use in your dishes!
A huge factor that I support farmer’s markets is because they sustain the environment while also keeping my wallet balanced, which is hard to find in any other grocery outlet.
Most of our food is flown or has to travel great distances to get to our grocery stores. So, when buying locally you’re conserving energy and making your footprint on this world a little less large and harmful.
Although not all farmer’s markets are dirt cheap, you are getting more bang for your buck. Since the food is fresh and not shriveled up on a shelf, you’re getting fuller food for equal or lesser value than you would at other grocery outlets.
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