Farmer’s markets are great for so many things: entertainment, a Saturday morning stroll, picking up fresh fruits and veggies for the week. However, farmer’s markets are also a viable option to help each individual reduce their carbon footprint. While looking at sustainability issues, we often tend to think on a global scale, we can make possibly a greater difference by starting with the communities in which we live. By shopping at farmer’s markets, as opposed to grocery stores and large chains like Winco or Costco, for our food, we:
- Reduce harmful emissions from food being transported to national chains
- Invest in the local economy
- Obtain fruits and vegetables that are at their very freshest
In an article about cultural sustainability through farmer’s markets, Ed Avalos wrote: “As a nation of immigrants, we have many rich and complex influences woven into the history of our country. Foods we eat, holidays we celebrate, how we create goods or perform services—these are all things that are shaped by the cultural identities of our families and the communities around us,” (Avalos). By shopping at farmer’s markets, we can do all of these things while supporting the local communities in which we live, and reduce our carbon footprint.
To find a farmer’s market in your area, visit: http://search.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets/