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I have become a huge fan of farmer’s markets, and thankfully have a great one in Wakefield every Saturday. Yesterday the dogs and I headed over to do our weekend shopping, and I found a few more reasons why shopping fresh and local should be on everyones to do list.
1. The price: When you buy local produce, you will save money. I bought some awesome Heirloom tomatoes for $3 a pound. Not only do I not find Heirloom tomatoes in many grocery stores, but the ones I find them in are rarely under $4-5 per pound.
2. The variety: Local farmers do not all grow the same foods, so there is plenty of variety. Sure, you can find a great variety of produce in your local grocery store, but when was the last time you found zucchini blossoms?
3. The food just lasts: I opened the fridge to take out some mixed lettuce I bought 2 weeks ago, and it was STILL FRESH! I store it in a vase, with a little bit of water to keep the ends wet and a large freezer bag over the top of the lettuce. If I had bought the pre-bagged store lettuce, no way it is still good in 2 weeks.
As the seasons start to change, the variety at the market will also change. Get out there and support your local farmers and vendors. I can guarantee you will be impressed with what they have to offer, and in addition to you supporting your local economy, you will see more money in your own pocket 🙂