Thursday, May 14, 2009

Finding a Local Farmers' Market

American eating habits have come full circle during my lifetime. While my parents’ families both had victory gardens during the war years, the prosperous 1950s, 60s and 70s brought an increasing amount of consumer demand for year round fruits and vegetables, which spawned importing in massive quantities.

We have now become aware that this diet we are spoiled with, including year round bananas, pineapples, berries and fruits from all corners of the Earth, has a price tag that goes primarily to the oil companies. Transportation costs represent an increasing amount of the price tag, when foods are imported from other continents.

Enter local farmers markets and we’re beginning to see a move toward more interest in buying local foods. Consumers are asking about the origin of produce so often, that produce managers are now labeling their produce with the country of origin. Some even indicate the state, when the produce is from the U.S.

If you would like to count yourself among those who wish to minimize the petroleum industry’s portion of our food costs, check out these resources for more information on your local farmers’ markets:

With 3500 farmers’ markets registered with the U.S. government, you’re bound to find one nearby. And this does not include the small roadside stands that rural residents find throughout their areas.

One final place you will find many listings is the yellow widget in my sidebar. Just fill in your home zip code and it does all the work, bringing you a list of farmers’ markets, organic restaurants and stores, organic caterers and schools, and much more. I hope you find what you’re looking for. Just keep in mind, shopping for local produce means buying foods that are IN SEASON. There’s no getting around that little speed bump. Good luck!

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