Farmer's markets can be a great place to get deals on fruits and vegetables during the summer months, but what about the winter? You probably won't find any fresh tomatoes, and many farmer's markets have more limited hours and fewer vendors. But! That's doesn't mean you should just stop going. There's more to life than just corn, you know. Here are six reasons why you should make it out to your winter farmer's market anyway.
1. Not all produce is out of season.
This is a great time to get root vegetables, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and garlic. Depending on where you live, you might also find apples, oranges, and pomegranates. The cold weather can bring out the sweetness in this seasonal produce, so you'll get extra tasty carrots and beets.
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2. You can get the freshest meat and eggs.
Many vendors have these items in the winter, and often for lower prices than the supermarket. You'll also get a chance to chat with the farmer to know that the animals are being raised ethically.
3. It's the perfect time to get local jams, honey, and syrup.
Canning season has come to a close, and now it's time to enjoy those treats! Maple syrup becomes available as the weather warms up, but when the nights are still cold.
4. You can buy locally made crafts.
The farmer's market is the perfect place to find that cute knitted hat, Christmas wreath, or cozy quilt.
5. You can get your holiday gift shopping done.
Pick up some of those special jams or crafts for your loved ones. Purchasing local handmade items makes the gift feel extra-special, and supports local businesses.
6. You'll feel in touch with your community.
Farmer's markets often have special brunches and local music. It can be a great experience to get out there and meet your neighbors, and find out more about where your food comes from.