If so, you’re not alone because national statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show farmers markets are more popular than ever.
From green, leafy lettuce to bright tomatoes to fresh berries and giant watermelons, farmers markets offer beautiful, healthy foods that support local farmers and offer communities fantastic, locally produced healthy foods.
Farmers markets are a key link between cities and local farms and are increasingly becoming a go-to food source for a number of reasons, all of which link back to the fact consumers are smarter and more interested in healthier, local options.
Farmers markets declined in the U.S. in popularity for many years due to everything from the Great Depression to the rise of supermarkets. This left farmers markets as a costly and nearly obsolete option.
However, that trend has changed in a big way in recent years as our society has become much more aware of the dangers of mass-produced food processed and shipped long distances.
This has led to less loyalty to big, one-stop-shop grocery stores as people increasingly seek out healthier, more diverse options.
Many popular trends have also helped with the rise of farmers markets.
Looking for some local farmers markets? Check out these options and get out and support your local farmers this season.
Downtown Lima Farmers Market
Tuesdays starting May 5 from 3-6 PM at Trinity Park
Bluffton Farmers Market
Saturdays starting May 2 from 8:30 am-12 pm on Main Street, downtown Bluffton
Spencerville Farmers Market
Thursdays starting May 28 from 4-8 pm at Trinity United Methodist Church, Spencerville.