Is there anything better than fresh, locally grown produce and handmade goods? These days, shopping local and supporting your community is more important than ever. By choosing to purchase a good bulk of your meat, dairy and produce from a farmer’s market, you’re putting your hard earned money back in to the community in which you live, and directly supporting farmers and their families!
Choosing to buy from small farmers over imported produce in grocery stores is incredibly important. The practice of growing food on small farms actually helps to regenerate our earth’s soil, so we can continue to grow abundant amounts of nutritious food for decades to come. In addition, purchasing locally grown produce helps cut back on costs and emissions involved with transporting produce across the country! Plus, you get healthier, better tasting food! It’s a win-win.
So, where can you find a local farmers market? Most Saturdays, you can visit The Woodland’s weekly farmer’s market located at Grogan’s Mill Center from 9 am – noon. The Market adheres to strict standards that require all agricultural and artisan vendors to grow or produce the foods that they sell, so you know you’re getting locally grown goods!
The market supports a large list of vendors that sell a variety of goods, including fruits, vegetables, farm to table goods, prepared foods, snacks, beverages, pet goods, healthy & beauty, and handmade artisan goods! Some weeks, they even have food trucks and musicians come out to entertain guests as they shop. Additionally, pets are always welcome!
You can sign up for the Market’s weekly newsletter here, which lets customers know exactly which vendors will be at the market that week!
Of course, there are always other ways to support local. Keep your eye out for pop up markets, such as the monthly market at Lovebeans Coffeehouse, which features a different variety of local vendors once a month. When possible, choose local restaurants over chains. Every time you shop locally, you’re making a difference in the lives of a small business owner!