Not only is shopping local better for the environment, you also have access to many products that are handmade and homegrown which means less packaging. Shopping for your household essentials doesn’t have to be that dreaded task that we all have to do anymore. My husband and I visit our local markets bi-monthly to stock up on the items we need and have grown to love it! Zig-zagging through all of the produce, baked goods, spices, and handmade items becomes an activity we look forward to. It gives you the chance to support local families and farmers, learn about where your food comes from, connect with your community, and save you some money. There are too many things we are putting into our bodies today that is well, questionable when it comes to ingredients and how it was grown. Opt for the farmer’s market when possible!
Need help locating a farmer’s market near you? Check out the USDA’s Farmer’s Market Directory.