Buying local means more money stays within your community. It helps create jobs, the commnity prospers, and it helps foster a deeper connection between the residents and their town. Furthermore, local produce is fresher and tastes better because it is usually sold within 24 hours of being picked.
In recent years, the country’s policy has been in favor of bigger corporations. But increasingly, the research is pointing to what makes sense to many already: buying local creates stronger communities focused on entrepreneurship and connection. By supporting smaller, locally-owned businesses, we tell policymakers they have to take into consideration the interests of local business owners and craft laws that will promote a stronger local economy, from which we can all benefit.
Farmers markets, in particular, play an important role in the vivification or even the rebuilding of local economies. By providing a cost-effective way to reach consumers, farmers markets help make farming profitable for people who would otherwise need to get bigger or disappear altogether. Through these efforts, we encourage a new generation to start farming, and by the same token, we promote the preservation of farmland.
For all these reasons, I encourage you to visit your local farmers market. Buying from your local farmer ensures freshness, less packaging, and a reduced impact on the environment. You also make the great decision to eat with the seasons, which is simply delightful here in the Arizona Low Desert. And if fruits and veggies aren’t your thing, you will find a multitude of prepared foods, breads and pastries, sauces and condiments, flowers and crafts, all from local producers and artisans. I also believe there is something very refreshing about meeting your farmer, or that person that makes those wonderful cupcakes you love so much (hi Mandi from Positively Frosted!), or simply exchanging some community energy.
Let me know what you think of your local market! I plan on visiting all of them this season. It will be a wonderful way to discover the great neighborhoods we have in the Valley of the Sun. As always, from food to real estate, I’m here to help!