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8 Reasons to Support Your Local Farmer + Giveaway from Public Market Goods

8 Reasons to Support Your Local Farmer + Giveaway from Public Market Goods

I love farmers markets. It was one of the few things I actually liked about living in southern Georgia–there were a few markets that were open year round and a local market that stocked (mostly) local foods–my favorite place to shop! The produce changed based on the season and it was so interesting to watch that happen and plan a menu according to what was in season, not whatever I thought I wanted. BTW, be sure to enter the giveaway for a “Support your local farmer” tee! 

{giveaway} You guys, i know it’s early and it’s Monday, BUT I have another fun GIVEAWAY 💕 because you literally can never have too many tee shirts, especially as a homesteader 👩🏻‍🌾👨🏽‍🌾 @publicmarketgoods is offering a free “support your local farmer” tee to one of you! These tees are unisex and super soft, btw. ⠀ To enter to win a “support your local farmer” tee from @publicmarketgoods: ⠀ ⠀ •follow both @folkandco and @publicmarketgoods⠀ •tag a friend (up to ten ☺️ do us a favor and try to tag some people who haven’t found us yet! 💛)⠀ •repost for an additional five entries (make sure your profile is public and tag us on the photo so we can see it!)⠀ •hug your local farmer (optional 😉)⠀ ⠀ That’s it! Giveaway closes on April 30, and will be announced in an update on this post and in my story on May 1st.

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Though Kansas City has an amazing farmers market, I live about an hour away, so I don’t go often and there isn’t one close by…I’m surrounded by GMO corn and soy farmers. Yes, GMO is the worst, and we can fight about it, but I’d rather not and you can just read my friend’s super excellent post about them. BUT while I was in Georgia I heard that someone started setting a market up in a town about 20 minutes away so I’m excited to see if that stuck!

8 Reasons to support your local farmer and farmer’s markets 

Your food is fresh: food at the farmer’s market is often picked a few days before the market, sometimes even the day of. The food in the grocery store was likely picked before it was ripe, shipped around, and stored before it made it to your house, thus losing a lot of the nutrients it should have had if it were fresh. “Most produce you see in the grocery travels an average of 13-hundred miles before it ever gets to the store. To keep it from going bad farmers end up harvesting the fruits and veggies before they are ripe” (source). BTW, your apples are at least 8 months old

Your environmental footprint is lower; like they said, most food travels an average of 1,300 miles before it gets to you. Consider the gas, etc that it takes to get food from point a to point b. Also, in winter most of our produce comes from South America.

You help the local economy and the grower gets more of the money: When farmers sell to grocery stores they get less money than if they sold the food directly to you…like, sixteen cents for every dollar (source). 

You connect with the people who grow your food; and it creates a sense of community when you realize that the people who grow your food are actually people with families, hobbies, and interests. This also opens up the door to barter and trade services. 

You eat seasonally; buying local kind of forces you to step out of your comfort zone and eat foods you may not try, or give up foods that aren’t in season. For me, that was just your regular yellow crookneck squash–something I never looked at while shopping in the big box stores. While in Georgia I was shopping at the local market and that yellow squash was the cheapest and there was a ton of it sooooo I got some and we sautéed it with onions and it became my new favorite thing. 

The food is safer than commercially grown foods. Most small scale and local farmers aren’t going to have the money to be growing with GMO and pesticides. Aside from that, most don’t WANT to grow with GMO/pesticides because they’re the worst. 

Your kids can see a connection between the food and the people who grow it. This is awesome, especially if you’re not able to grow much where you are, or if you’re like me and are just pretty terrible at growing food. 

The farmer’s markets aren’t just about food; local makers, artists, and craftsman are often part of a well-rounded market. I’ve found hand soaps, jewelry, noodles, and starter plants at small farmers markets and I’m sure larger cities have much more to offer!

How to find a farmers market 

These sites can help you find a farmer’s market local to you:

No farmers market nearby?

There are a few things you can do. Shop at the local supermarket rather than the big box stores, join a CSA, go to a U-Pick farm, learn to forage, or try your hand at growing something! 

Enter the giveaway on Instagram!

I’ve teamed up with Public Market Goods for you to win a tee of your choice! I love their USA-made, farm-centered tees; super soft and comfy in unisex sizes.

To enter:

  • Follow both @publicmarketgoods and @folkandco on Instagram
  • Tag a friend on the photo with “giveaway” who isn’t following our account (up to 10 and each tag counts as an entry)
  • Repost for an additional five entries–make sure to tag both @folkandco and @publicmarketgoods in the photo and make sure your account is public or we won’t be able to see it

That’s it! Giveaway winner will be announced in my story and on the original giveaway post. Ends April 30, 2017. Winner will be announced May 1st.

 

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