My favourite Sunday morning Farmers Market is back so it feels like a good time to share a few reasons why I think you should try and shop at a Farmers Market at least once to try it!
Our local Farmer’s Market has been cancelled for the last year or so with everything that’s been going on but this week, I saw an announcement on Facebook that they were starting up again from this weekend so seeing as I was up early
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 are 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 that will, in turn, put some of that money back into the local community in one way or another.
I can’t even imagine some of the struggles that our local businesses have had recently so I’m happy to do anything that I can to help them out – if that means eating amazing fresh scotch eggs or gorgeous gooey brownies then I’m happy to make that sacrifice in the name of being a good local citizen. 😂
I also love knowing where the food has come from – the scotch eggs that I buy are produced by a local farm that I drive by on a daily basis and knowing that makes me happy. I literally drove by there last night wondering if they were making the scotch eggs I knew I was going to buy this morning. Sad but true!
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 obviously not the prettiest of pictures so 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 are freshly baked goodies both sweet and savoury that I guarantee will blow you away. Today’s purchases included everything from a humble minced beef pie to cheesecakes and from pupcakes to cupcakes!
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. I bought a chilli plant today from a local produce grower who took a good five minutes or so to chat to me about the best way to take care of my new little plant.
Honestly, once you shop at a Farmers Market you’ll get exactly what I mean – great value, locally produced delicious and fresh produce!
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