Growing up in Vermont, we were always used to buying the majority of our food and supplies at local markets. To get real with you guys, going to an actual grocery store was such a big deal that we actually fought over which kid got to go along with my mama on her weekly trip. Can you imagine? Looking back on it now, especially after living in such major areas like San Francisco, Las Vegas and Miami for my entire 20’s, I still appreciate my small town roots.
Shopping locally is a passion of mine and is something I try to share with as many people as possible. I view it as a movement that I can help push further into becoming the norm in our society. Here in South Florida most of the farmers markets even accept food stamps now a days which is amazing! Shopping locally gives local farms and businesses a better chance of sticking around and it also just instills great values (I believe) from a community standpoint. Its a great excuse to get outside and even learn about some produce that you might not know about.
Just a bit north of us in Fort Pierce we’ve got Nelson Family Farms. Nelsons was founded in 1938 and has maintained their local family owned and operated status since then. I absolutely love heading up there on Saturday morning after the beach. The best part? My usual giant load of 4 shopping bags worth of produce never runs me more than $60 or so (unless I splurge on cheese). How much would that cost me a Public? Easily – EASILY – over $100, probably more. It’s affordable, friendly, welcoming, and I’m so glad to have them around. If you are in search of one around you, here’s a great article on the 101 Best Farmers Markets in the USA today.
Looks pretty amazing right? What are some of your favorite things to look for at your local markets? I would love to know! Leave me a comment below or find me on Instagram – @mallorymitchell!