What is a Farmer's Market? It's great! Local farmers set up shop and sell you all of their FRESH fruit, vegetables, baked goods, and sometimes meat and cheeses! You can get all of these things fresh from others in your community. Farming IS their job. Everybody has to pay their electric bills right? They also have to pay hospital bills, I bet you'd find less of those in your life if you went a less 'drive-thru meals' and sat down for a dinner that's a little more "real".
Ignoring the health bill factor for a moment check this out!
Did you know? Most produce in the US is picked 4 to 7 days before being placed on supermarket shelves, and is shipped for an average of 1500 miles before being sold. And this is when taking into account only US grown products! Those distances are substantially longer when we take into consideration produce imported from Mexico, Asia, Canada, South America, and other places. (Read More at http://www.localharvest.org/buylocal.jsp)
Don't even get me started on the Genetically Engineered foods and GMO debates! If that's still not enough reason, read this, according to a research study at the University of Vermont, "Local food keeps taxes down. According to several studies by the American Farmland Trust, farms contribute more in taxes than they require in services, whereas most development contributes less in taxes than the cost of required services. Cows don’t go to school, tomatoes don’t dial 911." (Read more at http://www.uvm.edu/vtvegandberry/factsheets/buylocal.html)
If you haven't heard yet, there's a lot of great ways to get fresh, organic foods right here in the Tri-State. Check out Cincinnati's own Findlay market and other farmers markets throughout the season. Green Bean delivery brings fresh right to your front door and they buy the produce, LOCALLY! You can also find a lot of great tips on Pinterest for DIY gardens. Go ahead look into a little backyard garden to grow a few of your own favorite veggies. Who knows? You might save a little green ;)