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The Benefits of Buying Local

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By, Elyssa-Beth Bender

One stride to living a healthy and happy lifestyle is being mindful of what you put in your body. Fueling your body with natural, healthy foods can often seem impossible in a grocery store full of preservatives and unnatural ingredients. Fear not,  healthy, happy revolutionaries,  there is a refuge for the natural and healthy foods you seek: farmer’s markets.

Here are just a few benefits of buying from your local farmer’s market.

  • You’re Supporting a Local Business
    • Instead of supporting a large corporation, you can support a local farmer from losing their means of living. Most of the food that comes from grocery stores is owned by big farming companies like Monsanto, and they are putting local farmers out of business. According to Forbes magazine, the number one job that will disappear in the next ten years is the local farmer, rancher, and agriculturist.
  • You’re Doing Your Body Good 
    • When you buy from a local farmer, you are buying food more fresher and organic than the grocery store. Much food found in grocery stores is d grown using pesticides, hormones, , and genetic modification, which may have negative effects on human health. In contrast, most food found at the farmers market is minimally processed, and many  farmers strive to grow the most nutritious produce possible by using sustainable techniques passed down for generations.
  • You’re Interacting With Those Who Grow Your Food
    • What better way is there to find out what’s in your food then being able to talk to the person who grows it and sells it to you? You can learn all about the food by talking to the farmer, a luxury you could not find in a grocery store chain.
  • You’re Helping Build a Community
    • Instead of your typical in-and-out trip to the grocery store, consider strolling the outdoor stands of the farmer’s market. Farmer’s markets create opportunities to talk with like-minded, health-conscious individuals in your community.
  • You’re Getting More For Your Money
    • In my personal experience, buying from a farmer’s market has always been cheaper than the grocery store. Unfortunately, I had to find this out the hard way while living aways from home at school. I would always try to buy healthy food from the grocery store, but $50 dollars and a barren cart later, I knew I had been taken advantage of by the grocery store. Now that I’m back to an area with many farmer’s markets, I take advantage of the low prices the farmer’s market holds.
  • Farmer’s Markets of Park City
    • Here is a list of farmer’s markets located in Park City, Utah.
      • Heber City
        Heber Valley Farmers Market and Concert in the Park
        Heber City Park
        Open June through August
        Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
        Produce, arts & crafts, live music, food and special events.
        Contact: Chuck and Helen Warren helenmwarren@aol.com | (435) 654-4555
      • Morgan Valley
        Morgan Valley Farmers and Artist Market
        30 North State St. Morgan, UT 84050
        Open through October
        Saturdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
        Produce, food, art, and fun
        Contact: Marion Andrews | 801-829-6498 
      •  Park City Farmers Market at The Canyons
        4000 The Canyons Resort Drive Lower (Cabriolet) parking lot Park City
        Open first week of June through fourth week of October
        Wednesdays from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
        Produce, arts & crafts, live music, food and special events.
        Contact: Volker Ritzinger vritzinger@aol.com
      • Park City Farmers Market at The Yard
        1251 Kearns Blvd (Formerly Anderson Lumber)
        Open first week of June through fourth week of October
        Fridays from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
        Produce, arts & crafts, live music, food and special events.
        Contact: Volker Ritzinger vritzinger@aol.com
      • Park Silly Sunday Market
        Historic Main Street in Park City
        Open June 15 to September 28
        Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
        Produce, arts & crafts, live music, food and special events.
        Contact: Jewels Harrison jewels@parksillysundaymarket.com | (435) 655-0994 
      • Salt Lake City
        People’s Market (International Peace Gardens)
        1000 South 900 West Salt Lake City
        Open Mid June through Mid-October 2009
        Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
        Outdoor market in public park
        Contact: Kyle LaMalfa slcpeoplesmarket@gmail.com | 801-359-8559
      • Salt Lake City Farmer’s Market (Saturday)
        379 South 300 West Pioneer Park, Salt Lake City
        Open June through October
        Saturdays 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. June through October
        Contact: Kim Angeli kim@downtownslc.org
      • Tuesday Farmers Market
        3271 South 500 East (Pioneer Craft House) Salt Lake City Utah
        Open June 16 to September 29
        Tuesdays from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
        Contact: Troy Bennett 801-412-3218
      • University of Utah
        Webster’s Lawn (East of Pioneer Theatre)
        Open August 20th to October 8th 2009
        Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
        Contact: Marie Martin marie.martin@sustainability.utah.edu
 
 

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