More Farmers’ Markets for More Sustainable Travel
Farmersâ Markets are a favorite destination for many sustainable travelers. The essence of their fun and local atmosphere make a trip to a nearby or faraway farmersâ market a favorite pastime for the average sustainable traveler. Keeping in line with the rules of economics, the steady increase in popularity of farmersâ markets is causing an increase in demand for the open- air opportunities to help sustainable farmers and benefit local economies. Sustainable travelerâs increased demand for farmersâ markets couldnât have come at a better time.
Part of the luxury of using sustainable farming techniques is the flexibility in farming itself. Conventional farming is strictly regimented and allows for very little innovation. Farmers who participate in farmersâ markets have recently begun to exercise such freedoms by incorporating greenhouse use as a part of their sustainable farming techniques. The use of greenhouses in crop and product production has allowed sustainable farmers to grow crops well into the cold- winter months, an ability that was not available before the introduction of greenhouses.Â The addition of greenhouses in farming regimens has allowed local farmers to keep up with the burgeoning demand for locally grown crop. With the combination of more sustainable travelers and residents as well as more efficient crop production, farmersâ markets across the country are operating year- round and not limited to warm weather months.
More farmersâ market availability is reason enough for sustainable travelers across the country to rejoice. Why not celebrate these extended hours with sustainable travel to a cold- weather region farmersâ market? Blacksburg, Virginia is the perfect cold- weather region offering sustainably and locally produced products year- round. Each Wednesday and Saturday, farmers from nearby towns bring their best products to downtown Blacksburg, attracting locals and travelers alike. Mingle amongst the locals and pick up on helpful cooking tips as well as ideas for sustainable living.Â If big- city farmersâ markets are more your pace, consider traveling to Baltimore, Maryland to check out the 32nd Street Farmersâ Market. This local favorite was created to provide better transportation for their local farmers, as well as to raise awareness about sustainable farming and living. 32nd Street Farmersâ Market offers a fun and educational atmosphere while improving its communityâs understanding about what it means to live sustainably. In addition to a fantastic selection of fresh produce, vendors from areas surrounding Baltimore bring an array of delicious baked goods, beautiful orchards, healthy smoothies, luxurious body and beauty products and more. A trip to 32nd Street Farmersâ Market is a one-stop-shopping experience for the locals and will change your mind about the limitations of farmersâ markets.
While the change to year- round farmersâ markets may not be adopted by every farmersâ market in the nation, continued support of your local farmersâ market will benefit the community and environment for years to come.
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