I started reading a couple of books on eating local food. I think it's a great idea for so many reasons. One of the easiest ways to do this is to go to your local Farmers Market. I have been going to a few local ones so I love Carole's 10 on Tuesday - 10 Great Things About The Farmers Market.
1. Local grown veggies! There's nothing like a fresh picked carrot or tomato, or anything that is coming direct from the earth.
2. Animals. The above picture was taken a couple of weeks ago at the Bristol Farmers Market. There was a presentation on milking goats. Sometimes they shear sheep, once in a while you can see baby pigs.
3. Soap. I love hand made soap. We have a lot of great vendors around here too. The sugar maple oatmeal is one of my favorites!
4. You can buy local honey. This is very helpful for allergies. But it has to be honey that is grown in YOUR town.
5. Buying herbs and plants. The farmers market has some great and different plants than the local nursery lately.
6. Meeting up with neighbors. It's amazing how many people actually shop the weekly market!
7. Worms. Yup - you can buys worms. Why you ask? For your compost pile! We bought some about 5 years ago and we have so many my husband now sells them. The soil from that compost is amazing.
8. Meeting the local artisans. Our community has a very large artist community. And there is some real talent. The pottery is gorgeous. There are beautiful paintings and photos. While they only let 1guest artist per week it is nice to see what they do.
9. Flowers. I can't wait to buy some sunflowers! They are huge. And I forget to plant them myself each year.
10. There is a movement to buy more products from the USA instead of those that are imported. What better way to do it than your local farmers market?