Everyone wants to ‘give back’ in some way or another. There’s an undeniable sense of accomplishment in knowing that your actions can lead to something greater whether directly or indirectly. For this reason, I believe buying local is vastly underrated. What better way to get that sense of pride of knowing your money has gone to a good cause than by helping your community?
Often times at a farmers market you don’t just get good food, but also get to know the people who worked to bring it to you. Let’s also not pretend that buying local products isn’t a fantastic way to find incredibly experienced artisans and other people who are passionate about what they do. Farmers Markets are great for finding ethical produce as well as giving you the opportunity to fund your community. Additionally, depending on the area (and how often people go to them!) markets are able to offer learning opportunities and events for crafters, schools, families, etc thus making a more connected and profitable environment.
More and more I hear the excuse of people buying badly made items or opting for less beneficial everything because it’s cheaper. The thing is, there are plenty of local seasonal options that contradict that way of thought. Even when there is a bit steeper of a price to pay, you can see exactly where your money is going.
Thanks to famers markets I’ve been introduced to great local vegan bakeries, fantastic toxin free skin care products, the best smelling candles, gorgeous accessories, secondhand books, wonderful people, and plenty of delicious produce.
Check out your local farmers market and fairs coming up in your area and get involved in bettering your community and your purchases.
*all photos are of Five Points Community Market in Norfolk, Virginia*