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Most of us go to the grocery store near our home and pick up our produce there without even thinking about where it comes from. Often grocery stores will buy from the cheapest supplier, regardless of how far away they are. This means that your strawberries are more likely to come from California than nearby and your melons are probably grown in Mexico and shipped up. If you want to buy locally grown items, you should go to the farmer's market.
Farmer's Markets are where local producers will get together to display and sell their wares. They predate the concept of the grocery store by hundreds of years and for a long time they were the only way people could get fresh food for their families. Farmer's Markets are generally weekly affairs held in the same place every week, such as an arena or outdoors under a series of tents. Saturdays are popular market days because most people are off work.
What will you find in a farmer's market? It depends on where you're from. The market near your home will likely contain the produce that is grown and produced nearby, perhaps wheat, sweet corn, tomatoes, potatoes, dairy products, and beef. You will also likely find wares from local crafters and food producers, such as handmade dish towels, fudge, wine, jams, cheeses, and desserts.
When shopping at the farmer's market, you can actually ask the producer about their food, such as whether it was grown organically, how far it has to come from, and how it's grown. Farmer's markets are a great way to follow a 100 kilometer diet, which will help to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases produced transporting food. Farmer's markets are usually a little more expensive than grocery store prices, though.
To find out where and when the farmer's markets in your town are held, you can speak to community members such as business owners or librarians who may know or be able to provide you with a schedule. Or you can listen to the community bulletins on the local radio station or check the community section of the local newspaper, which will usually contain announcements for any markets being held in the local area.