There are many benefits to shopping at your local farmers markets instead of buying fruits and vegetables at a chain grocery store. One of the best reasons is to save some of your hard earned money. Typically produce is less expensive at a farmers market because the growers do not have the expenses that chain grocery stores do like the packaging and preservation of the produce.
Another reason to pick your fruits and vegetables from a farmers market is the freshness of the produce and the positive effects for the environment, as stated on farmersmarket.net.
•They help reduce food miles, thus vehicle pollution, noise, and fossil fuel use.
•They help to reduce packaging.
•They encourage more environmental production practices, such as organic or pesticide free.
•They encourage farm diversification and hence bio-diversity.
When you buy your fruits and vegetables from your local farmers markets, you are putting money back into your local community. This helps to keep the local farmers from being shut out by large chain grocery stores.
•They help bring life into towns and cities aiding regeneration.
•They encourage social interaction particularly between rural and urban communities.
•They stimulate local economic development by increasing employment, encouraging consumers to support local business, and thus keeping the money within the local community.
•They attract business to retailers in the vicinity.
The Lehigh Valley is home to quite a few farmers markets where you can find the freshest produce in your community.
The Allentown Fairgrounds Farmers Market is one of The Lehigh Valley’s biggest attractions. Located at 17th and Chew Street in the Allentown fairgrounds, this farmers market has over 65 merchants providing things like meats, produce, poultry, deli, baked goods, gourmet shops, seafood, candy, snacks, flowers, restaurants, and much more!
The Bethlehem Farmers Market is a producer only market that focuses on healthy, fresh food for everyday living and is located in Campus Square New and Morton Streets in Bethlehem.
The Easton Farmers Market is celebrating their 258 birthday on Juy 17! The Easton Farmers Market is the oldest, continuous open air market and will feature activities to celebrate the anniversary. Events include live music by Michael Beck, a free birthday cake from 10-11am, making birthday crowns for kids, plus Holly Jolly the clown and balloon artist, games, and prizes!
The Emmaus Farmers Market is open rain or shine on Sunday’s in the Emmaus KNBT bank parking lot on Main Street. Market Sunday’s are fun and also give you a chance to meet the local farmers and food artisans.
Visit the Saucon Valley Farmers Market for their 5th season located on Walter Street in Hellertown. With more than 15 vendors offering locally grown fruits and vegetables, flowers and herbs, poultry, cheese, milk, baked goods, coffee, honey, and so much more, there is something for everyone at the Saucon Valley Farmers Market.
The Macungie Farmers Market is located at Macungie’s Memorial Park, along the Walnut Street side of the park. Find out what’s fresh this time of year to make your trip to the Farmers Market as great as possible!
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