Food For Thought on Your Local Farmers Markets

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We all know that fresh fruit and veggies are the foundation of a healthy balanced diet and are essentially the life blood of maintaining our health and wellbeing. Their nutritional value second to none, with every variety bringing something different to the table in the way of providing their own unique combination of essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. We all know we need to eat more of them, but for some reason most of us struggle to reach our 5 serves of vege and 2 serves of fruit everyday. I’m sure we all have our excuses, but I’m pretty sure one of the biggest problems we all experience is the exorbitant prices we are expected to pay for our fresh produce at the supermarkets.

farmers marketsAs a bit of a foodie who loves cooking, I have always had an avid interest in seeking out the freshest (and cheapest) produce I can find and have therefore become a regular visitor of my local farmers market. Though there have been weekends when I haven’t been able to make it, I usually make a special effort to try and get up early on a Saturday or Sunday (depending which markets I go to) to seek out all my favourite fruit and vege! Not only is the produce far superior (and fresher) than our local supermarkets but I have always believed that they are far easier on the pocket!

Whilst wandering between the eclectic mix of stalls at the Noosa Farmers Markets this weekend I decided to test out my little theory and find out if doing your grocery shopping at the farmers markets are in fact cheaper than your average supermarket. In adding up what I had spent on my grocery top up at the markets I set off for the supermarket to do some super sneaky investigating to work out the price difference between what I would have spent at the local fruit shop and Coles in comparison to my total spendings at the Farmers Markets.

And yes like I had expected the markets turned out to be far cheaper than both of them with the markets bill turning out to be 30% cheaper than Coles and 40% cheaper than the local fruit shop!

Here is a simple breakdown on the savings we made by visiting our local farmers markets….

Farmers Markets: Total of $32       

Coles: Total of $44.50

Local Fruit Shop: $53.20

Just some food for thought next time you’re about to embark on your weekly trip to the supermarket knowing you are probably going to spend half your weekly savings on a measly 1 or 2 bags of groceries!

Why not keep the money in your pocket and support your local farmers by enjoying a morning out of the house wandering through the wonderful array of fresh fruit and vege stands whilst inhaling the delicious smells wafting from the various food and coffee stalls that never fail to set the taste buds tingling!

 

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