5 Reasons to Support Farmers Markets

One of the best ways to care for the environment is to connect with ourselves. One of the things every one of us does every day, is eat. When we connect to our food, we connect to nature and in turn, connect with ourselves . Going green means connecting to the food we eat and the water we drink. One of my favourite ways to explore this connection is by going to local farmers markets. 

       An artichoke...it smelled like honey

       An artichoke...it smelled like honey

1. Variety 

I've never seen the amazing array of produce at grocery stores, that I see at farmers markets. At markets you can experience the diversity of our planet, both cultivated and wild. It's simply amazing what can be discovered, from sea asparagus, elephant-ear mushroom, padron peppers, variety of sprouts, artichokes in full bloom and so much more. It's wild to experience our planet first hand and all that it has to offer. The fruits and vegetables that are available at these markets are the freshest available. 

2. Eat Your Seasons

The food at farmers markets is seasonal. Seasonal produce can grow without humans meddling as much i.e adding pesticides, waxes, chemicals, preservatives and genetic modification. These are toxic to the water and soil as well as our health. Shopping in season also helps you connect with the weather and natural cycles of nature in your region. Building our eating habits around these natural cycles facilitates our body's natural healing processes. 

3. Support Independent Growers

When you buy directly from farmers they get a better return for their produce and this helps them in todays tough economy. Small farmers have a hard time competing in the food marketplace, with the rise of agribusiness farms which are taking over. Support family farmers so they can continue operating. These are the guys that aren't destroying or ecosystem to make a quick dollar.

4. Protect the Environment

Shipping food uses large portions of our natural resources (especially fossil fuels), contributes to pollution and not to mention, creates excess trash due to all the extra packaging. Farmers markets are free of elastics, stickers, plastic wrap and twist ties, or at least you have the option to give them to the farmer directly to be reused. The food at the farmers markets is transported shorter distances and grown using procedures that minimize our negative impact on the Earth. Sustainable agriculture uses less toxic resources compared to conventional agriculture which pollutes our air, water and land.

5. Know Where your Food Comes From

One of the best ways to connect with your food and where it comes from is your local farmers market. (unless you grow your food yourself)  I've had so many opportunities to meet and talk with different farmers and have even had the opportunity to go to some of their farms. When you know how your food is grown, where it is grown, when it is grown, and why, you can make informed decisions about what you put in your body. This also brings us one step closer to understanding sustainability. Nature is our greatest teacher and healer.