Not only is spring an amazing time to be outside, but it’s also a time to buy fresh produce and artisan goods at your local farmers market. Here are even more reasons to stop by your local farmers market and stay a while.
1. Connect with community
Whether buying something from every vendor (like me) or simply passing through, your time at the farmers market is a great way to connect with members of the community. Additionally, be sure to connect with the vendors, as they often have interesting stories and great insight on what to buy. Next time you buy a donut, a juice, or both, sit on the lawn and enjoy with some friends.
2. Save money
Although farmers markets can sometimes be more expensive than the grocery store, there are ways to save a few dollars. Unlike grocery stores, farmers markets only have what’s in season at the moment. In addition, you can sometimes negotiate prices with vendors or group items for a discount.
3. Buy organic
What’s the big deal with buying organic? It supports a more sustainable earth, protects our environment, helps small farmers, and nourishes your body.
4. Support local business and farms
Again, the vendors! Learn about the local DC shop District Doughnut that sells out at the Georgetown Farmers Market in less than two hours. Most start-ups without a brick-and-mortar store show up at farmers markets to spread the word about their products. This is a great way to find up and coming shops and support small businesses.
5. Shop outside
Why wouldn’t you want to shop outside? Let’s be honest, the grocery store can be a bit depressing when its 65+ degrees out. Enjoy the spring weather while getting errands done… what could be better? Plus, when it gets really sweltering, you can grab yourself a fresh juice or an ice cream.
6. Free samples
Our favorite part of the farmers market is sampling all the vendors’ produce. Take a few laps around the farmers market to fill up on fresh fruit, homemade breads, juice, and baked goods. Take one (or three!) of each. If you’re a real college student on a budget, you can basically have lunch for free.
7. One stop shop
Pretend you’re Parisian. Hit the farmers market to grab all your fresh produce and food in one place. Some markets even sell homemade clothing and artisan crafts. You might even be able to find a crepe stand. If not, grab the right ingredients and make your own crepes.