Buy Local Boise!
The food industry in America is, without a doubt, one of the biggest industries in the landscape. With the rise of fast food and corporate grocery chains, the industry has taken a bite (no pun intended) out of the competition. Now, it shouldn’t be said that everything about the larger industry at work is bad. After all, most of us like a burger from a popular fast food restaurant every now and then. But there’s a good case to be made about buying locally, especially from those who grow food organically.
Farm to Fork in Caldwell is one of those in the local markets that is promoting the idea of buying locally as opposed to buying from chain competitor. There’s a fascinating on their Facebook page that details the benefits of supporting farmers markets, using statistics from the Farmers Market Coalition.
Despite the competition from big brands, Farm to Fork points out that the number of farmers markets has been growing. Using the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s market directory, the number has gone from 2,410 in 1996 to 8,735 in 2017.
Nonetheless there are benefits of supporting farmers markets that should encourage anyone to keep coming back whenever they are available. For one thing, according to Farm to Fork’s infographic, they can contribute to local economies. Farmers markets, along with locally owned retailers, apparently return more than three times to an economy when compared to the bigger chains. Additionally, growers can create thirteen full-time jobs per $1 million in revenue.
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Farmers markets can be good for Americans with low income as they use food stamps for locally grown or farmed food. This also generates revenue for the growers. The prices for food at farmers markets compete with the prices of grocery food and might be lower.
Money spent on market food can help in preserving rural landscapes where growers maintain crops or livestock. The Farmers Market Coalition stated that one acre of farmland per minute is lost to development as more and more buildings are constructed in the U.S. The coalition said that farmers markets in Seattle alone supports 9,491 acres of farmland.
And it’s just healthier too. There’s nothing wrong with eating fast food or corporate manufactured food if you do it in moderation, but they are higher in calories and cholesterol, which can contribute to heart health problems and obesity if they’re eaten in abundance. Homemade meals from organic food can prove a good option for those who want to maintain a healthier, more balanced diet, as well as stay in shape. The coalition’s infographic said that proximity to a farmers market is associated with lower body mass index.
Farm to Fork is not open yet but will start in May at Indian Creek Plaza in Caldwell and will run to September. Vendors at the plaza will also hail from Nampa and Middleton. In addition to food, arts and crafts will be available as well.
For updates, keep up with Farm to Fork’s page on Facebook.