A Farmers Market is a place where farmers sell their products directly to consumers. However, most Farmers Markets are privately run, so there are few to no regulations on these markets. Therefore, you may think you are buying fresh produce, but in reality, you could be buying produce bought at wholesale price that is being resold.
Luckily, North East Florida is making great strides in the world of Farmers Markets. Many markets are shifting to producer only, with strict application processes. This means that when you come to certain markets, you are buying from the person who grew, made, or created the item they’re selling.
Two of these types of Farmers’ Markets include The Beaches Green Market and The Atlantic Beach Midweek Market. These two Markets are run by Devon Ritch. Dig Local is very social, so make sure to drop by and say hi!
- When: Every Saturday of the year, rain or shine, from 2-5pm
- Where: Jarboe Park in Neptune Beach.
- When: Every Wednesday of the year, rain or shine, from 3-6pm
- Where: Bull Park in Atlantic Beach.
The Dig Local Network of Farmers Markets believe access to good nutritious food is a human right regardless of a person’s location or economic level. Therefore, they offer SNAP as well as Fresh Access Bucks, which is a statewide program that enables us to double (up to $20/market visit) how much SNAP shoppers can spend on fruits & veggies.
The main goal of Dig Local Network is to promote community gardens, farmers’ markets, and nutrition education as sustainable routes to a future where everyone can eat better. So go out this weekend and support these farmers and this way of life!
This article was written by Kimberly Ferguson, senior at University of North Florida’s Public Health program and contributor of Kailo Nutrition blog.