Find your local farmers market

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By now, most of us know that eating locally is supposed to be better for taste, our health, local business, and the environment. But how the heck are we supposed to buy local when the only place to buy food is Super Massive All-You-Can-Eat Deluxe Walmart?

The USDA has a farmers market database where you can search for markets based on state, city, county and zip code.

I tried searching for my parent’s zip code, which turned up nothing, then tried “Naperville”, which also turned up blank. But then I put in “DuPage” county and out popped a huge list of farmers markets near my parents (including one in Naperville).

All bugs in the USDA’s search technology aside, this seems like a pretty good resource. Now the next challenge is actually getting up at 8am on Saturday to actually GO to the farmer’s market. But that’s a whole different story…

Link to the USDA Farmers Market Search

3 thoughts on “Find your local farmers market

  1. Asithi

    I love visiting my local farmer’s market. But I find that the prices at the farmer’s market is a little higher than the local Bel Air grocery store in my area. The fruits and veggies do taste better at the farmer’s market, but I am not sure I can afford the extra cost (at least not at this stage in my life).

    However, I found a produce stand in a city halfway between where I live and where my parents live. I visit my parents once a month and always stop by. I know they get their produce from the local farms so I figure it is the same stuff they are selling at the farmer’s market. The price at the produce stand is usually beats the prices at the grocery store.

    It’s sad that you can buy junk food cheaper than you can buy fresh produce.

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  2. Tim

    Yeah, I have a love/hate relationship with our farmer’s market and the Whole Food’s owned Fresh and Wild next to it.

    They’ve both got good produce but it feels like the pricing is really taking the piss. For example, salad greens at the market go for £1.90 per 100g. That’s £19 per kg or a shade under $19 a pound! Those salad greens are really good though and they last a really long time in the fridge.

    I think that we’re really used to cheap food that’s produced in vast quantities thanks to petroleum derived nitrogen fertilisers and liberal dosing of pesticides. But I still kinda think we’re being suckered for wanting to eat good food. I wonder what the costs of production actually are for organic vs. conventional… perhaps if that was more transparent it would be easier to accept paying so much more.

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