By: Alexandra Clarke, Walsh Jesuit High School Senior Experience Student
It is almost summer time, which means the Farmers Markets are coming to town! A farmers market is a place where farmers can sell their products directly to consumers. Although it may be easiest to run to the local store and quickly get what you need that may not be the best option financially, for your health, or for the environment! Make sure to check out your local farmers market!
Reasons to Support a Farmers Market
To Get Local Products: Grocery stores tend to carry products, including fruits and vegetable from all over the country. Many mass producing farms that supply to grocery stores use pesticides, hormones, and genetic modification to “enhance” the product, in order for the produce to stay fresh while traveling to the many stores across the United States they are sprayed with preservatives. Unlike farmers market products that come straight from the farm to the market. Both of the practices have negative effects on the health of each individual, which is why farmers markets, where food is minimally processed is the right choice when looking to buy produce.
Keep Money in the Community: Instead of selling wholesale, the goods at a farmers market are sold directly from the farmer to the consumer, not only keeping money in the community, but also keeping prices down with only two people being involved in the transaction.
Protect the Environment: The average distance traveled of food in the Unites States in 1,500 miles. The shipping entailed in this process uses a lot of natural resources which contributes to the pollution problem on the earth. Products sold at farmers markets are produced locally and sustainably, cutting down on the distance traveled and the harmful impact on the earth.
Connect with your Community: Instead of grocery shopping being a dreaded task, it can become an enjoyable outing to go to the farmers market where you can meet up with your local friends, catch up with neighbors, and enjoy the outdoors!
Farmers Markets Near You
- Akron: Countryside Farmers’ Market in Highland Square, Corner of Conger Avenue and West Market Street, Thursdays, May 29 – October 2, from 4 to 7 p.m.
- Akron: The Market at Lock 3, Lock 3 Park, South Main Street downtown, Fridays, June 20 – September 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- Barberton: Downtown Barberton Farmers’ Market, Third Street NW, between West park and West Tuscarawas, Wednesdays, June 25 – October 8, from 2 to 6 p.m.
- Copley: Copley Creekside Farmers Market, 1265 S. Cleveland Massillon Rd. Thursdays, May 29 – October 9, from 3 to 7 p.m.
- Cuyahoga Falls: Farmers’ Market in the Falls, Quirk Cultural Center, 1201 Grant Ave, Fridays, June 20 – October 3, from 3 to 6 p.m.
- Green: City of Green Farmers’ Market, Central Administration Building, 1755 Town Park Blvd, Tuesdays, June 17 – October 7, from 3 to 7 p.m.
- Hudson: Hudson Farmers’ Market, Village Green, corner of Routes 91 and 303, Saturdays, June 7 to October 11, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Peninsula: Countryside Farmers’ Market at Howe Meadow, 4040 Riverview Road, Saturdays, May 10 – October 25, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Tallmadge: City of Tallmadge Farmers Market, Tallmadge Recreation Center Parking lot, 46 N Munroe Rd, Thursdays, June 12 – October 16, from 4 to 7 p.m.