Farmers… a class of humans thought of as extinct or native to only mystical farm lands unknown to urbanites. Somewhere far far away, like North Dakota. I’m from New York, so I guess that’s relative, however, growing up in the suburbs of Manhattan, I have not had a ton of opportunities to visit farms, experience their undeniably more delicious goods or pet any of Old McDonald’s adorable animals. But alas, around 2010 (this is an estimate), the desire for more sustainable goods and to support the local farmers outweighed the need to save money by shopping at superstores like Walmart, Target or other grocery supermarket chains.
According to an article published in the New York Times, penned by Katie Zezima and titled As Farmers’ Markets Go Mainstream, Some Fear a Glut, it was sited that farmers markets nearly doubled from 2005 to 2011 when the article was published. So, why is this a huge movement that doesn’t seem to be going away, but only getting stronger? And, what does it mean in reference to the real estate world? Glad you asked! Here are some of the reasons people are moving towards the little guy and away from “Corporate America” when it comes to fruits, veggies and other farmed goods.
Let’s start with the idea that the quality of these goods is undeniably better.
Many farmers do not use the pesticides and other potentially harmful chemicals that mass production farms use. I can remember one of my earliest trips to a farmers market was in 2013 when I first moved to Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. Our farmers markets, the Hastings Farmers Market, is seriously amazing, especially considering Hastings-on-Hudson is less than three square miles. That aside, it was tomato season and as I perused the fresh vegetables, I thought that the tomatoes looked so ugly. They were misshaped, weird shades of red and look overall dilapidated. Against (what I thought was) my better judgement, I bought a couple. Later on that day, my husband and I concocted the most delicious of tomato salad; you could taste that there was no tampering with chemicals and they were carefully sourced at the most perfect time.
In addition to the taste benefits, because let’s be honest, that’s what most of us are worried about when chowing down, there are tremendous health benefits to eating fresh, carefully and responsibly grown foods, whether they are fruits, vegetables or proteins. In the article 10 Reasons to Support Farmers Markets, posted on CUESA’s website, “