For most, grocery shopping entails pushing a cart at your local supermarket. Just because the store may be nearby, the food itself is often hardly local. On average, the typical American meal comprises ingredients from at least five different countries, travelling about 1,500 miles. This shipping uses fossil fuels, contributes to pollution, and creates extra waste for packaging the food. By buying food locally sourced you can reduce your carbon footprint. One way to do this is by frequenting a farmer’s market.
One of the biggest perks of farmers’ markets is that they promote sustainability. Because the foods are locally sourced, food travels less miles, meaning less usage of resources like fossil fuels. Furthermore, produce that is shipped often uses more packaging to protect itself on its journey. Food at the farmers’ markets usually uses less packaging because it does not travel as far.
Farmers’ markets not only reduce the impact on our environment, but also provide more nutritious food. When produce is transported from farther distances, it is picked before its peak and often processed with wax or gasses—all to ensure that it is still good when it arrives to the consumer.
Because produce at farmers’ markets is locally sourced, the food is minimally processed and harvested closer to its peak, meaning that the consumer reaps the maximum nutritional value.
Lastly, farmers’ markets support your local community. They help smaller businesses—specifically family farmers. In the era of globalization, most agriculture is dominated by large corporate farms. Shopping at your local farmers’ markets supports these families.
Visit a farmers’ market near you and experience the sun on your neck, open air aisles, the smells that beckon you to various booths, and the mosaic of colors that greet you. Don’t forget your reusable bags! Visit Walnut for a tote or try out their new reusable produce bags and reduce your carbon footprint by wasting less in your life.
Some markets in the Pasadena area are listed below:
Sundays, 9:00am – 2:00pm
Holly Street at Fair Oaks Avenue
Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
363 East Villa Street at Garfield Avenue
Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Corporate Center Pasadena located at 251 S. Lake Avenue
Wednesdays, 3:30-7:30 p.m.
500 block of Union Street
2 blocks East of Los Robles
Thursdays, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Located at Meridian Ave. and El Centro on the Metro Gold Line at South Pasadena Station.
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
600 W. Palm Avenue, Altadena, CA
You can also use the US Department of Agriculture’s Farmers’ Markets Search to easily find a market near you.