Our country was founded on agriculture. Virtually everyone grew their own food for their families or sold it to merchants for resale. It is only fitting that August 7-13th is National Farmers Market Week.
At Farmers’ Almanac, we have long-championed growing your own food. We’ve offered advice on creating raised gardens in your yard, growing tomatoes on the balcony of a New York City apartment, or planting vegetables on top of a skyscraper in Chicago. There is something empowering about taking a seed and reaping the rewards a few weeks later.
In reality, many of us aren’t going to grow our own food or plant the full variety of produce that can be grown. That’s where community farmers markets come in. What started as a small effort is now 8,000+ strong throughout the United States. You can find farmers markets in major cities and small towns. In Lewiston, Maine, a farmers market sets up shop at our offices on Thursdays from 12 – 2 p.m. When you buy locally, you support local farm families, thus strengthening the community in which you live.
It is one thing to go through the produce section of your supermarket and quite another to visit a farmers market and see, feel, and smell the wide variety of items available. It brings out the child in us as we explore some greens that we never knew existed. Best of all, you can feed your family as well as we did centuries ago when we were all farmers.
So, this is National Farmers Market Week. Interested? Check out this link to find a market near you.
Plus, check out our picks for the 10 best markets you have to visit!
Perfect for the Farmer's Market: Our Inslulated Grocery Tote
Our new Farmers' Almanac insulated shopping bag is not only earth-friendly but also hot and cold food friendly. Insulated to keep food hot or cold when transporting your perishable goods from the store to your home, this bag is a must for warmer summer months. The unique zipper feature keeps foods from spilling. Works great for the beach too!