In the last year or so, we’ve started shopping at our local Farmer Market once or twice a month and it’s quickly become one of my favourite things to do on a Sunday morning.
(Not that there’s much competition in the Sunday morning fun category – it’s this or washing and cleaning usually. ;-))
I completely get that a Farmers Market is not somewhere that you’re going to get ‘cheap’ products and there won’t be anything that can compete with the ‘value’ or ‘own brand’ products that you’ll find in your local supermarket but you might be surprised at the great value food and drink you can pick up there.
Here’s just a few of the reasons why I really enjoy a wander around our local farmers market…
I like to know that I’m supporting a local business
This is something that’s become more important to me over the last year or so because supporting local business helps the local community in so many ways and it just seems like the right thing to do. I’d much rather give my money to a local business who will, in turn, put some of that money back into the local community in one way or another.
I also love knowing where the food has come from – I buy freshly made scotch eggs that are produced by a local farm that I drive by on a daily basis and knowing that makes me happy.
I know it’s the right thing to do from a sustainable perspective
If I buy something from the Farmers Market, I know it’s not been transported halfway around the world and hasn’t been wrapped in layers and layers of plastic on a potentially long journey to get to me. I like knowing that the food on my plate has had a much shorter field to fork journey than something I’d buy in a supermarket.
You can often try before you buy
I love that lots of the sellers have tasters for you to try things before you buy. I’d never have thought chocolate and chilli bread would taste as amazing as it does so without the chance to taste it, I might never have discovered my current favourite food.
You can get food you might not be able to get at your local supermarket
I often buy sausages that are produced by a local farm from the Farmers Market and I love that the farmer mixes up his flavours depending on what he feels like making. Sometimes his combinations are a bit odd but most of the time they’re so tasty and really unusual. You can buy two packs and get a third free which makes them really good value so I always stock my freezer up with our favourite flavours.
I’m not going to show you pictures of sausages as that’s not exactly what I think you want to see. Instead, you’re getting a giant Viennese whirl which, if you’re wondering, tasted AMAZING!
The food is on another level
I can’t even express just how tasty some of the food you can buy really is! There’s freshly baked goodies both sweet and savoury that I guarantee will blow you away.
Mr Frugal is a HUGE fan of a corned beef and beans pie which he has with some mash and gravy for his tea and as much as I’ve tried to recreate it at home, apparently I just haven’t been able to come close to it.
You can make friends with the people who produce your food
We have a little chat with some of the stalls where we regularly buy from and some have even told us that if we text them the day before to let them know what we want then they’ll put it aside for us.
So there’s my six reasons why I think you should find out when the next Farmers Market is in your area and head along to see what you can discover.
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