Do you love shopping for fresh produce at farmers markets? You're not alone. Farmers markets are important for many reasons, especially because they increase access to fresh, nutritious food. Foremost, they are important because they are the critical component in rebuilding local food economies. By providing a cost-effective, retail sales opportunity for local food producers, farmers markets help make farming profitable. Several studies have found lower prices for conventional and organic produce at farmers markets than at supermarkets.
Farmers market vendors can also educate their shoppers. Four out of five farmers selling at markets discuss farming practices with their customers, and three in five discuss nutrition and how to prepare food. Farmers markets also promote sustainability, with three out of every four farmers selling at farmers markets say they use practices consistent with organic standards. In addition, local farmers markets stimulate the economy. Growers selling locally create thirteen full time jobs per $1 million in revenue earned.
With all the countless benefits farmers markets provide to the community, it’s no wonder the West Valley has so many. Thanks to the beautiful fall temperatures, the Estrella Lakeside Farmers Market is back in the scenic Goodyear community every third Saturday of the month now through April! The market will showcase specialty items, locally grown produce, fresh breads and pastries, local artwork and more. Come take in the gorgeous views of North Lake and the Sierra Estrella Mountains at 10300 S. Estrella Parkway Goodyear, AZ 85338.
This event is free and open to the public. The market will also feature a variety of food vendors. It’s the perfect way to enjoy the cooler weather and kick off fall season festivities. For more information contact the Information Center at 623-386-1000. If you’d like more information about farmers markets in the West Valley or if you’re in the market to sell or buy a home in Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Avondale, Surprise and the surrounding areas, please contact Lisa Bray today!
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