Celebrate National Farmers Market Week!

Did you make it to your local farmers market this past weekend? Well then, you kicked off National Farmers Market Week the right way!

Celebrated every year during the first full week of August, National Farmers Market Week recognizes the benefits of shopping locally and eating fresh, local foods. 

The Farmers Market Coalition aptly explains the myriad benefits of supporting farmers markets:
  • Preserve America’s rural livelihoods and farmland. Farmers markets provide one of the only low-barrier entry points for beginning farmers, allowing them to start small, test the market, and grow their businesses.
  • Stimulate local economies. Growers selling locally create 13 full time farm operator jobs per $1 million in revenue earned. Those that do not sell locally create 3.
  • Increase access to fresh, nutritious food. Several studies have found lower prices for conventional and organic produce at farmers markets than at supermarkets. Due to this and other factors, 52% more SNAP households shop at farmers markets and from direct marketing farmers today than in 2011.
  • Support healthy communities. Farmers market vendors educate their shoppers. Four out of five farmers selling at markets discuss farming practices with their customers, and three in five discuss nutrition and how to prepare food.
  • Promote sustainability. Three out of every four farmers selling at farmers markets say they use practices consistent with organic standards.

One key to farmers market shopping is following produce seasons. Instead of everything being available year-round, like in grocery stores, you get different kinds of produce throughout the year. A great way to follow your local farmers markets and the weekly vendors is through social media. That way, you can plan your trips and your meals in advance!

Find your nearest Acadiana farmers market:

Lafayette Parish

Farmers and Artisans Market at the Horse Farm (heads up: their Mid-week Market is moving downtown for the fall, starting this Wednesday!)
Hub City Farmers Market
Le Petit Magasin de Scott
Carencro Cultural District Farmers Market

Vermilion Parish

Abbeville Farmers Market
Kaplan Farmers Market

Iberia Parish

Teche Area Farmers Market

St. Landry Parish

Opelousas Farmers Market
Eunice Farmers Market
Washington Farmers Market

St. Martin Parish

Creole Farmers Market

1 comment

donny* said...

This post may just be the thing that gets me to a farmer's market. That's quite an achievement! :)

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