Farmers markets are a throwback to times when everything we consumed was produced locally and the person you bought your produce from was the same person who had grown it, picked it, and cleaned it. They’re also a great way to reconnect with nature and the community you live in.
Next time you’re heading for the middle aisles in the grocery store, consider the following four things that every farmers market offers and your grocery store doesn’t:
The shortest path to you: The vendors at your Farmers Market pick, wash, and choose the produce themselves. Grown and inspected locally, you can rest assured that you have the best produce you can buy. And because it’s grown close by, the produce spends less time in refrigerated transport and passes through fewer hands.
A sense of community: Steveston Farmers & Artisans Market’s location at the Steveston Community Centre is a great example of how farmers markets are deeply integrated into the communities they serve. Whether you’re dropping the children off at the martial arts centre or meeting your mother for a stroll through the nearby garden, the market is the perfect backdrop for everyday life and great way to connect with the community you live in.
Self-sustaining economy: money spent at the Steveston Farmers & Artisans Market directly supports the community, and the people who grow and make the products you buy.
“Steveston Farmers & Artisans Market vendors are closely juried,” says Market Committee Chair, Johanna Stewart. “Not only is there variety for the consumer, but there is also a selection of businesses from Steveston Village who represent the thriving local business community.”
Health and well-being: A fresh breeze from the Salish Sea on a sunny day will do a lot more for your general well-being than the manufactured scents in a big box store. Natural light versus halogen-lit aisles, local vendors versus national advertisements, and the general relaxed ambience of an outdoor public market are not matched by a programmed chain store.
Steveston Farmers & Artisans Market (SFAM) operates select Sundays from May to October, from 10:00am to 3:00pm rain or shine, at the Steveston Community Centre parking lot on Moncton Street. Visit the SFAM website for market dates and vendor information at www.sfam.ca or get social with the SFAM on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest.