Monday, 28 October 2013
Frugal shoppers turn the fruits or vegetables over in their fingers, scrutinizing it for any sign of deficiency. What few consumers notice is where and when that food was harvested.
When a consumer buys local from a farmer, she is usually purchasing something that was recently harvested, so many of the nutrients are still retained, no preservatives were added or sprayed to keep it looking fresh, and it’s delectable. In addition to that, a farmer takes pride in his product. He put in his labor, and it is still food to him. A grocery store has nothing to do with the produce it sells. Food is just another market.
Due to major attention on this issue, many people are starting to buy local. The first steps are usually the hardest, because consumers are accustomed to walking into a large store at nearly any hour of the day and having a variety of choices. One of the best things to do is go to the local farmers’ market. The atmosphere is light, the food is vibrant, and the opportunity to meet the neighbors and the very farmers that raised the food one eats is a rewarding experience.
The Dallas Farmers Market is a one-stop shop for all your produce, meat, floral and specialty-food needs. It is one of the largest public markets of its type in the country, open seven days a week from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, 362 days a year.
Farmers from 150 miles around come to the Dallas Farmers Market, giving you the chance to "buy locally." These certified local producers offer a wide array of seasonal produce, from tomatoes to sweet potatoes, peaches to watermelons. Other produce vendors complement these local offerings, with everything from Mexican avocados to Washington apples.
At the Dallas Farmers Market, you can also find specialty and prepared foods, flowers, shrubs, and trees, and the opportunity to buy produce in bulk. It only takes one visit to understand why the Dallas Farmers Market is the market where the locals go.