Ten Fabulous Reasons to Shop at the Farmers Market
Let’s face it: once you’ve been bitten by the market bug, there’s no going back. And with good reason: market food is in an entirely different category than anything you can buy off the shelf at your local big box grocer.
If you’ve not yet taken your first steps into marketland, let me help you peer down the rabbit hole for a moment. Here are 10 reasons you should be shopping at the market immediately:
1. The produce is fresh, in season, and at it’s highest levels of flavor. There really is no comparison to a tomato plucked from the farmer’s table and one pulled out of a basket at the grocery store.
2. It supports the local economy and local farmers. Smaller farms rely on markets to get their products to consumers. Buying at the market means buying local. You’re preserving farmland and funneling money right back into your community.
3. Fresh produce is the most nutritious produce. Produce loses some of its natural nutritional value over time. Fresh fruits and veggies have the most antioxidants and phytonutrients.
4. Kid’s love visiting the market. A visit to the market makes for a great family outing, and even a learning opportunity for children. If you come to City Market in Bay City, there are even areas set aside for children as well as teens.
5. Farmers may have recommendations for product preparation. Whether it’s full-blown recipes or just simple advice on cooking up ingredients, market vendors usually have some inside tips to share.
6. Supporting the local market boosts a sense of community. Not only are you engaging with local farmers, you’ll see friends and neighbors getting their fresh products as well. It’s not a bad place for a catch-up conversation with an old friend.
7. Shopping at the market helps you eat healthy. Generally speaking, you’re not going to find a bunch of greasy, fried food at your local farmer’s market. While there’s nothing stopping you from breading and deep-frying that okra, buying it at the market lets you choose to baste it in some oil and bake it instead.
8. The market lets you try new foods. You might be surprised to find out that you actually lik.jpge brussels sprouts if you taste a fresh one from the farm table. You can introduce your palate to gooseberries, rhubarb and many other types of produce.
9. City Market in Bay City accepts SNAP. Many markets, including City Market in Bay City, accept food assistance benefits such as SNAP, Project Fresh, and others. In some states, like Michigan, you may even be able to double up your produce spending using these benefits.
10. You can’t miss the market. Farmers markets are easy to find. City Market in Bay City is right across from Wirt Library, next to the County Building on Center Avenue in Bay City.
Let’s face it: there are tons of compelling reasons to get on out to the market this week. And, if you’re fortunate enough to have a year-round market like City Market in Bay City, you can shop there all year long.