Both casual cooks and celebrity chefs flock to their local farmers’ markets to avail themselves of the freshest locally grown produce straight from the farm. In addition to produce, farmers’ market visitors will also find regional and artisanal items such as baked goods, dairy products, grass-fed meats and free-range eggs, locally cultivated flowers, prepared foods, and even local crafts.
- Farmers markets are a destination of choice for restaurateurs and homemakers alike.
- Not only are such markets an American staple, they can be the only source of fresh produce for some communities.
- Farmers markets are recognizing their value to the urban market and those divorced divorced from fresh food alternatives and are starting to take vouchers and other forms of payment.
“Buying directly from local farmers and purveyors represents significant health benefits.”