Benefits of Shopping Locally at Farmers Markets with Locations!
Shopping at a local farmers market is a great way to support local vendors and the local economy while ensuring that your family is getting nutritional goods. When buying from a farmers market, local food is fresher and tastes better than food shipped long distances from other states or countries. Local farmers can offer produce varieties bred for taste and freshness rather than for shipping and long shelf life. Farmers markets have come a long way in recent years as many of the markets now offer other items to supplement the fruits and vegetables. New items you can expect to find at farmers’ markets include organic soaps, handmade crafts, baked goods, canned goods, gourmet dog biscuits, and more! Most importantly, farmers markets offer fruits and vegetables that are essential to a healthy diet and good health. Consuming a diet high in fruits and vegetables reduces one’s risk of heart disease, some cancers, and controls one’s weight.
Why should you choose to shop at a farmers’ market as opposed to the grocery store?
Aside from supporting local vendors and keeping money within your community, farmers markets offer many several advantages that generally outweigh the grocery store competitors. Meeting and talking to farmers and food artisans is a great opportunity to learn more about how and where the food was produced. “Fresh” produce at the grocery store can take on average of 1,500 miles to reach its destination as where local farmers have the product to you within a day or two of harvest. These long commutes for food contribute to pollution, and create trash with extra packaging. At the farmers market, you can find meats, cheeses, and eggs from animals that have been raised without hormones or antibiotics, which have grazed on green grass and eaten natural diets. A great amount of food found in grocery stores is highly processed and grown using pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, and genetic modification. However, with local farmers, they know that the consumer wants a product with little to no altering of the genetic makeup. All natural is best!
Tips for Shopping:
- Bring your own bags
- Bring cash and small bills
- Plan ahead by knowing what is in season
- Ask for a taste and offer to pay for it, to save yourself from buying something you may end up not liking
- Don’t be afraid to ask the growers questions
- Parking can be a hassle, so ditch the car when possible
- Sketch meals ahead of time
Local Farmers’ Markets
Ford City Farmers’ Market
When: Thursdays 3-dusk
Where:1100 4th Avenue parking lot
Kittanning Area farmers’ Market
When: Wednesdays, 8:30am – 12:30pm and Saturdays, 8:30am – 12:30pm
Where: Franklin Village Mall parking lot in Kittanning
Tarentum Farmers’ Market
When: Wednesdays from June 1 through Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where:Corbet street between Third and Fourth avenues
Butler City Farmers’ Market
When: Saturdays 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where:205 South Chestnut StreetButler
Robinson’s Greenhouses & Farm Market
When: 9-6 daily
Where: 1854 PA-28 Kittanning, PA
Vandergrift Farmers’ Market
When: Every Thursday 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Where:Columbia Avenue Parking Lot
Slippery Rock Community Farmers’ Market
When: 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays
Where:RockFallsPark, Route 173
Monroeville Lions Farmers’ Market
When: 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays
Where:MonroevilleCommunityPark,2399 Tilbrook Road
Lower Burrell Farmers’ Market
When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays
Where: City Hall lot at2800 Bethel St
Fox Chapel Farmers’ Market
When: 3 to 6 p.m. Weds. June 11 through Oct
Where: ShadySideAcademySeniorSchool at423 Fox Chapel Road
Clarion Farmers’ Market
When: Saturdays 8 a.m. – noon
Where: Main Street, next to the Clarion County Courthouse
Ambrose Farm Market
When: No hours listed. Open on July 12th through October.Where: 991 Bear Creek Rd in Cabot, PA 16023
Frazer Township Farmers Market at Pittsburgh Mills
When: Thursdays 3PM to 7PM
Where: J.C. Penny Parking lot at 590 Pittsburgh Mills Circle, Tarentum PA 15084
Yarnick’s Farm Market
When: Open daily 9 AM to 6 PM
Where: 155 Thomas Covered Bridge Road in Indiana, PA 15701