Farmers Markets and Homesteading
Whether you’re just getting started with homesteading or have been homesteading for years, farmers markets have numerous benefits. Not only do they help support your local farming community but they also give you access to healthy, natural foods that you may find difficult to grow yourself and much more. In this article I’m going to be taking an in-depth look at the benefits of farmers markets and highlighting why you should be heading to farmers markets on a regular basis.
1) Farmers Markets Provide You With The Goods You Need In A Self-Sufficient Way
If you only grow a limited amount of crops but still want to stay true to your homesteading principles of self-sufficiency when purchasing other fruits, meats and vegetables, farmers markets are perfect. All the foods on offer at farmers markets are produced by the local community in an organic way, so you can be sure that anything you buy is healthy, natural and tasty. In addition to this, many sellers at farmers markets are open to the idea of bartering and so can help reduce your dependence on money. Finally, by purchasing your goods from a farmers market, you’re investing in and supporting your local homesteading community.
2) Farmers Markets Provide A Better Variety Of Foods Than Most Competing Stores
Another great thing about farmers markets is that they generally have a much better range of foods than regular stores. This allows you and your family to constantly try out new interesting and exciting varieties of food and enjoy a rich, varied diet.
3) Farmers Markets Provide You With An Opportunity To Make Money
If you specialize in producing certain goods or produce them in quantities greater than you and your family require, farmers markets are a great way to prevent these goods from going to waste. Simply round up your excess crops, get a stall at your local farmers market and sell them to interested consumers.
4) Farmers Markets Allow You To Better Integrate Into The Homesteading Community
In addition to the material benefits, farmers markets also allow you to get know your local homesteading community on a much deeper level. You can get to know local farmers and pick up some useful farming tips, talk to local homesteaders and generally enjoy being in the company of like-minded individuals. This is an opportunity that you don’t get in typical social settings.
As you can see, no matter what stage you’re at on your homesteading journey, there are plenty of reasons you should be heading to farmer’s markets. So if you don’t currently visit them on a regular basis, start making them part of your routine and enjoy all the benefits listed in this article.