Most people in the United States buy their produce from conventional supermarkets not knowing who grew their fruits and veggies or what part of the US they came from. Me, I love farmers markets and they are very popular where I come from. The “Land of Ten Thousand Lakes” (Minnesota don’t cha know) boasts markets in almost every town and I bought most of my produce every Saturday at them. Places like these let you get to know your local farmers, you create a special bond, and it is better to help the people of your community so you should shop at your local farmers market too!
There are so many benefits to shopping at farmers markets. First of all the fruits and vegetables are allowed to ripen naturally in the field and then brought to you. No long-distance shipping means that the produce isn’t gassed to help the ripening process and it doesn’t sit in storage so you taste only natural flavors. It is also seasonal which helps you reconnect with earth. You’ll look forward to fall vegetables in the fall and summer vegetables during that season.
You’ll help save the environment little by little. Your strawberries and apples could travel over 1,000 miles to get to your table. I’m from Minnesota and we have amazing apples but why do we have more Washington apples on the shelves? All this shipping uses our natural resources which causes pollution, creates trash, and more.
Here’s an obvious one, you’ll support your local farmers and you’ll actually know where your food comes from.
Living in Spain you’ll get farmers markets in every city and most villages. The farmers markets here have literally everything, as long as it’s in season of course. The one in Burgos, where I live, has a wide variety of produce right now. You’ll find lettuces, eggplant, zucchini, peppers, a ton of garlic, and more oranges than you could ever imagine. Also, you can purchase a variety of dried beans, nuts, and honey.
The farmers market in Burgos is open for business from 8:00 in the morning to about 2:00 in the afternoon on Wednesdays and Saturdays. As far as I know it’s open year round and during the fall, summer, and spring it’ll be located across from the Rio Arlanzon between the Coliseum de Burgos and the soccer stadium.
Head over to your local farmers market today and let me know what you get!