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WHY ARE FARMERS MARKETS SO IMPORTANT IN THEIR COMMUNITIES?

WHY ARE FARMERS MARKETS SO IMPORTANT IN THEIR COMMUNITIES? 
1. They connect communities of people around a centralized need – food. Think about this- when you go to the supermarket and are picking out your fresh food you have aisles to walk down and pick what you want without asking for assistance. You are not usually engaged by the assistants and you do not normally talk to other shoppers. However at a market you are asking the farmer to gather your produce, you are speaking to the person next to you as you wait for the farmer to serve you, and while looking at the produce you will probably talk to the other customers.You have more opportunity to build community when you are actually engaging with the people WITHIN that community. 
2. Farmers markets have both a direct and indirect impact on the economic growth of the communities in which they are found. These markets directly support the farmer and their family, however there are other indirect bonuses. Home values go up where markets are located, revenue of businesses located near the markets go up as people are drawn to the area.
Markets are building both the social and economic needs of communities in which they are found.
WHAT VALUE CAN MARKETS ADD TO YOUR LIFE?
1. You are purchasing the freshest possible food from the market that are seasonally available and locally grown. The fresh fruits and veggies are picked at the peak of their ripeness ensuring that the nutrients they contain are readily available to you. These nutrient dense foods will add more antioxidants and phytonutrients in to your diet, helping YOU become/stay healthy. They will not have been transported far or sat on a shelf or in a warehouse for days. 
2. You can involve your whole family, or friends, or co workers (back to number 2 and the social aspect). Shopping at the market becomes an outing for your family. A free place to come and experience so many different smells, tastes and sights.
3. You get to experience new foods. Adding in new foods and new recipes can expand your palate. Farmers are GREAT resources for recipes. They have to eat their produce as well and you can be SURE they don’t eat the same thing over and over, they experiment and you get to reap the rewards of their trials/errors with new/flavourful recipes!
4. You can ask questions about the products you are buying from the person who produced them. The people who work at the farmers market are eager to talk about their products and have intimate knowledge of the produce. They are able to answer any dietary questions and often produce organically grown food.
So to sum up you are happier and healthier when shopping at a farmers market.

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