One of the best places to find a lot more eco-friendly products is at the local farmers’ market. Farmers’ markets offer a variety of meats, vegetables, fruits, personal goods, crafts, and sometimes prepared foods and beverages.
They benefit the environment, the farmers, the consumer, and the communities. Farmers’ markets help to reduce transport pollution and refrigeration energy costs while also generating traffic to nearby businesses. Farmers’ markets provide fresher, seasonal foods. Plus, they can provide a better variety of foods.
Westerville offers a good one. The Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market will be opening May 1, 2013 and running through Oct. 31, 2013, every Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the corner of N. State and E. Home in Uptown Westerville.
There are various farmers that offer a wide range of seasonal organic, chemical-free, and conventionally grown produce, flowers, and plants as well as raw and infused honey, salsa, marinades, and various baked goods.
But until their booths open, go and visit the first ever indoor, winter’s edition of the Clintonville Farmers' Market, running Jan. 12, 2013 through April 13, 2013 every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Westerville’s own Green Seed Farm will be there. The small, family-run farm specializes in a variety of organically produced vegetables and herbs, free range hens and eggs, as well as honey.
Making eco-friendly choices, doesn't always mean buying organic. Make smarter, well informed choices. Buying at the local farmers’ market, will help to reduce carbon emissions caused by transportation and also keep longer in the refrigerator, reducing the amount of food thrown away.