Farmer’s markets are very crucial in saving money and improving local economies. The value of farmers markets is that one, the produce sold there are so much cheaper than super market brands. And second, it helps improve local economy and helps out local farmers. Locally produced fruits and vegetables are so much cheaper than ones bought at the super market because there are no added fees for transportation and handling. Also, the produce is more fresh because they did not come from far away. Products from super markets will not come fresh and cheap mostly because of the lengths these products travel before reaching your super market. The freshness and low cost add value to farmers markets because other super markets will not be able to match these sought after factors when it comes to buying fruits and vegetables.
February is the last month of winter in California. Due to this, not many fruits and vegetables are really in season. According to the California Availability Guide, vegetables that should be in season in February include asian greens, beans, broccoli, brussels sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, garlic, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, parsnips, potatoes, spinach, and squash. Fruits that are in season in February are very few. These are apples, citrus, kiwifruit, pears, and strawberries.
The main argument behind eating locally or the locavore movement is that it mainly improves the local economy. By buying produce from local farmers, we contribute to the local economy. When we buy from local farmers markets, farmers sell their produce, making a difference in their livelihood by allowing them to buy other things like better capital or more produce from other farmers which can help them and so on. If we start eating locally, we begin a cycle of continuous buying and selling contained in this one area. By igniting this movement, locavores can improve local economy.