Why You Should Shop Farmers Markets this Summer
If you live in the triangle, chances are you have either visited or have at least heard of our amazing state farmer's market. If you fall into the former categories, you have also probably experienced the overwhelming excitement of seeing an entire warehouse lined with vendors selling fresh vegetables and flowers along with the homemade baked bread smells wafting through the air.
It's a great colloquial experience, walking up and down with fresh squeezed lemonade eyeing the colorful produce and gaining inspiration to actually start eating healthy. But rather than it being just an instagramable outing or a great day date, there are some pretty great incentives to build a Farmer's Market trip into your weekly life.
1. Plant Expertise
Whether you're a green thumb or you're just starting out your first garden or landscaping project, the vendors at the farmer's market aren't your average Home Depot worker (not that I have anything against Home Depot). Most of those working have raised these plants by hand in actual North Carolinian soil. They are a great resource to troubleshoot your plant problems, offer advice on when to plant, and how to upkeep your green friends.
You just can't beat it. These vendors restock their shelves with freshly picked fruits, veggies, and herbs every other day, if not daily. Even the most organic grocery stores are shelving produce that has taken a couple of days to travel to your nearest location. But Farmer's Market vendors probably picked these beauties this morning (or at the very least the evening before) and drove them over for today. Unless you grow them yourself, you will not taste better peaches or tomatoes or any produce sold here for that matter. How about them apples?
3. Best Freshly Baked Bread
Hands down. No argument. Coming from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, an area predominately made up of German and Dutch roots, perfected fresh bread was an expectation. I could find perfectly crusted, light, fluffy loaves in the grocery store not to mention the local bakeries. However, when I moved here, the bakeries have a little bit different style, and I've been hard pressed to find an equivalent. However, I need not look any further. I have found the best bread in the triangle at the Farmer's Market. You can disagree but only after you have tried their bread. Then we can talk. On top of bread, they have all sorts of delacacies that you may be in search for.
4. Farm to Table
By shopping these local vendors at the Farmer's Market, you're ensuring that your dollars directly support local business and thereby support the Farm to Table movement (read more about this here). It's pretty straight forward. Your money directly supports your NC neighbors, whether you know them by name or not, which in turns ensures quality produce for your table and your family. Your dollars aren't going to a nebulous corporation. It's paying the bills of the person who just handed you the handful of carrots.
5. Supports Small Business
Along with promoting the Farm to Table movement, it supports smaller farms. Of course there are larger farmers represented at the Farmer's Market and that is great, but in the grand scheme these vendors are small business owners which is what we're all about at Copper Creatives. An added perk is that this fresh and at some stands organic produce is very affordable.
These are just a few reasons why we love the Farmer's Market, and we hope you make a point to love it too! Maybe this summer you can make it a habit!