Shop farmers markets for the holidays

Buy local for the holidays says Sarah Blacklin of the  Carrboro farmers market

Buy Carrboro Week starts tomorrow: Dec.5th – Dec.12th! Did you know that each dollar you spend locally gives 3 times more value back to your community than the same dollar spent at a national chain?  That means much more of your money goes to the people you know and love.

The very best way to support your farmers and local artisans is to shop directly from them at the Farmers’ Market. Farmers’ markets enable farmers to keep 80 to 90 cents of each consumer dollar spent.  In addition, you know your farmer and know your food.

Did you know that a typical carrot has to travel 1,838 miles before it reaches your shopping bag?  At the Carrboro Farmers’ Market, our carrots travel an average of 30 miles from the soil to your plate and do not expend the fossil fuels, energy, or processing waste that you find with national chains, eliminating a huge amount of stresses on the environment.  And don’t forget about the plastic.  Our local products don’t require the unnecessary plastic packaging used to keep vegetables “fresh” while they travel across the country.

You are purchasing the freshest local products available when you shop at our Farmers’ Market; our vegetables were harvested the day before they made it to your dinner table, and our meat, wine, baked goods, and cheese were produced locally. Many of the baked goods are still warm out of the oven when they arrive to Market Saturday morning.  We are fortunate to have the option of knowing where our food comes from and choosing to spend our dollars in support of our local food system.

Starting this week and continuing throughout the holiday season, take some time to support our local farmers, crafters, artisans, mom and pop shops, business owners, and all the people we know by name who make this community thrive.

Advertisements

2 responses to “Shop farmers markets for the holidays

  1. Well said! It makes for a more meaningful Christmas. I use cream from a local dairy when I make butter for Christmas gifts (it’s easier than you’d think: http://slowchristmas.org/2009/11/06/who-doesnt-like-butter/)

  2. We agree. Every effort counts.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s