One great way to get healthy food for your family and to support the local economy is shopping at local Farmers’ Markets! It’s also a great way to meet other people in your area!
According to the website, Independent We Stand, “If every family in the Akron metro area spent just $10 a month with a locally-owned, independent business instead of a national chain, over $22,992,350* would be directly returned to the Akron community. That means better schools, better roads, more support for police, fire and rescue departments and stronger local economies.”
I’ve recently started shopping at the Haymaker Farmers’ market. Since I’m not originally from the area, I (sadly) hadn’t actually heard of it until this summer. Once I started going, I haven’t missed a single weekend. Not only do they have fresh organic fruits and vegitables, various vendors offer cheese, pasta, baked goods, jams, and even fresh made lemonade and live local music! Last time I went, I had one of the juciest peaches ever. The food is fresh and delicious, and you can get to know the people who are growing, handling or making your food – not something you can ever do at a large chain grocery. And, coming from a college student who only really works part-time, it’s still affordable!
I typically spend anywhere from $20 to $40 a week. And come home with at least 1 shopping bag full of goodies!
1) Know when the market is open and on what days. -The Haymaker Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday 9:00 to 1:00.
2) Bring a reusable shopping bag – it cuts down on hassle and expense for the sellers, plus who needs more plastic shopping bags anyway?
3) If you want the best selection, get there early!
4) Have fun, talk to the local venders, you’ll learn a lot!
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