Why farmers’ markets are awesome

Today we ventured to our new local farmers’ market. We were one of the first through the ‘doors’ and it was a great way to kick start our Sunday morning. Check out some of the amazing things that were on offer:

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I’d be an absolute liar if I didn’t tell you how much I love Waitrose and Sainsbury’s makes the cut as my second favourite. However, if there’s the option, buying from a farmers’ market / farm shop will always win out.

Here’s why farmers’ markets are awesome:

  • You get what you pay for – farm fresh food is high quality and therefore comes at a higher price than anything sporting a supermarket’s own brand ‘value’ label. But you’ll know that when you buy beef, you’re eating beef and it’ll also taste immense
  • You’re forced to buy seasonal produce – if it’s not in season, it’s not going to be for sale in a farmers’ market. End of. No Kenyan organic green beans round here (guilty as charged on buying those if I go to the supermarket…)
  • These folks know their lemons – they know their crops, they know their animals. You ask them what ingredients are used, how an animal was reared, you’ll get the answer. You deserve to know what you’re putting in your body and where your hard earned cash is going
  • It’s a great day out for everyone – family, friends, loved ones. Samples galore, bright colours, cheery smiles and a spot of education in the process. A chance to understand more about the food chain. The service from the sellers is excellent and you won’t be pained by the bleep, bleep, bleep of the checkout conveyor belt
  •  It’s a vote with your fork – what we eat and how it’s produced is only going to change if we stop buying the bad stuff. The farmers are all behind us and really want to see a move back to real food and away from ‘food stuffs’. A trip to a farmers’ market is most definitely your cross in the box

Here’s our haul from today’s trip

This came in at £41.15

L-R (clockwise): Spuds, duck burgers x 4, goats milk halloumi, savoy cabbage, butternut squash, purple sprouting, joint of 30 day aged beef topside, 12 x super large eggs, jar of almond butter, 2 x pots goats cheese (1 with black pepper, 1 with garlic), 6 x cooking chorizo sausages

As close as I could get in terms of like for like when I did a search at Ocado came in at £46.61 – that equates to pretty decent value for money to me.