Our Top 10 Reasons to Buy Produce from a Farm Market:
1) Local markets allow for personal interactions with the very people who grow the food you eat. When was the last time you shook hands with the person who grew the produce you buy at your local grocery chain? Even better, we have the famous Farmer Tad on our side.
2) We sort our produce every morning, and often multiple times during the day, assuring that the food you put on your dinner table is the highest quality possible.
3) Produce is the pride and joy of farmers, and a personal representation of themselves. We put forth our best product, and are always quick to replace produce that is not a representation of our quality level.
4) Did you ever go to the grocery store and pick out peaches that were still warm from the sun under which they were just picked? That would be just about impossible, and if you do happen to get warm peaches from a grocery store ... you might want to put them back.
5) Buying locally is supporting the small businesses of your neighbors, not a large, corporate company. You are encouraging the hard work and dedication that this country was founded on.
6) Local farmers are a benefit to environmental health. Farmers value their water, soil, and plants because they must maintain these resources to continue farming and making a living. For us, money really does grow on trees. We believe produce should be produced with a deep respect for the environment to ensure our future as well as our children's future.
7) Fresh produce (which can only be guaranteed from a local grower) is shown to be higher in essential vitamins and nutrients than those which have been sitting on shelves and trucks for days.
8) You receive a personalized experience at our market which no grocery store has the man-power or education to do. How many grocery stores can you walk into and find teenagers who know 56 varieties of apples and their uses, adults who have recipes for every piece of produce we have, and employees who want nothing more than to slow down and take the time to talk to you about the produce we are so passionate about?
9) Recent research has shown a correlation between a town having a multitude of small businesses and the overall health of the community, both physically and socially.
10) Small businesses are crucial in the survival of the American economy, especially because Each dollar you spend at independent businesses returns 3 times more money to your local economy than one spent at a chain. There is not much one person can do to help with the economy, but buying local is absolutely one of them.