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Jun 20/19

Buying Local: Farmers Markets

You don't have to grow your own food to get the freshest fruits and vegetables. Just visit your local farmers market!

Our country's farmers work hard to keep our land sustainable and put food on our tables. Small farms rely on markets to sell their goods and make an income. Buying from your local farmers will help them grow and thrive.

Many farmers markets are now open for the season, offering a great selection of seasonal fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, baked goods, honey, jams, and so much more! Generally, markets are open Saturdays from morning until noon.

Shopping early ensures you'll get the best selection. However, you might occasionally see deals near closing time on foods the farmers don't want to return home with. Farmers usually accept cash only, so make sure you bring plenty to spend.

To ensure your fresh foods arrive home safely, pack a cooler in your car for meat, cheese, eggs, and other perishables. If you plan on buying a bunch of fruits and veggies, don't forget to bring a few cloth bags to carry them in. To find a list of all the fruits and vegetables currently in season, check out the USDA's list of seasonable produce.

Aside from farmers, you'll also find local artisans selling crafts, jewelry, art, and more! Other local vendors tend to put on contests, events, crafts for kids, and even food trucks at the market. They're also great places to become more connected with your community. 

In Clarksville, the Downtown Market is at the corner of Public Square and Main Street. Here you'll find over 80 vendors each Saturday from 8am until 1pm through to mid-October. For market locations across the US, search the National Farmers Market Directory.