Farmers Markets are trading places were farmers sale their fresh produce such as vegetables, fruits, nuts and other types of local produce. Since farmers markets are the main source of local produce, most of the products sold are local fresh produce unlike commercial grocery stores where produce has to travel miles of distance before they are sold. The advantage with Farmers Markets is that customers tend to access fresh produce at a friendly price compared to the same produce already transported to commercial grocery stores (Hartenfeld 47). On the same note, customers can save their personal finance or expenditure by opting to use local farmers markets rather than grocery stores in the following ways:
With local Farmers Markets, customers can be able to purchase seconds (freshly produced products which are edible but have suffered some minor or insignificant damages). Such products are normally kept by farmers in trucks and given away to customers willing to buy them at a discount price. Customers who obtain products from the local Farmers Markets in bulk are most likely to purchase at a discount price and save some money for themselves. Making purchases at closing of the Farmers Markets is another strategy to save personal expenditure because, in the last hours before the Farmers Markets closes, most farmers are much willing to sell their products at an offer and get a small margin rather than take their products back home. Farmers at local Farmers Markets are normally more than willing to give samples to new customers for new products, so that customers can buy products that they truly like other than wasting a lot of cash on products, which may not be convenient for their use (Burns 19).
According the findings of my research, the best place where one can get fresh organic food at an affordable price is at the Farmers Markets. Most of the fresh fruits and vegetable in these markets are organically grown and normally sold at a cheaper price compared to other food stores simply because there are lesser middle men involved in the distribution net work. In this aspect, Farmers Markets are important in provision of health promoting foods and at the same time enable buyers to save cash
I also found out that these markets allow bargaining between farmers and their potential buyers of the products. In this essence, the buyers get a chance to create or establish a long term relationship with respective farmers, and get a chance to buy products at a discount, or establish special deals with farmers, like peaking up products that remain every evening.
Another finding was that these Farmers Markets forces buyers to use their cash which is either beneficial or detrimental to the buyers depending on the circumstances at hand. For instance, customers visiting these markets are tempted to buy in bulk and in variety due to the appealing nature of fresh produce, and the logic of money and mind connection (when using cash). However, the good thing with Farmers Markets is that there are less risks involve even if you are buying in bulk because, most vendors allow for product testing before home delivery and some may accept the products back or replace them even after they have been taken home (Webber 76).
In conclusion, local Farmers Markets offer an opportunity for the public to make statements with their money when buying directly from farmers, unlike when buying from third parties such as super markets, grocery stores and corporations. By putting more money in the farmers’ pockets, money is kept in the local economy and prices will easily be regulated at the grass roots (where the produce is originating from) (Webber 80).