Eating organic sounds intimidating to some, uneventful and tasteless to others, and healthy and ‘green’ to a majority of people today. It can be a seemingly expensive and time-consuming task to find organic, delicious, and family friendly foods that will satisfy the plethora of taste buds, young and old. The word ‘organic’ in itself scares some and excites others. The fact is that if families really knew what it meant to ‘go organic’ then they would probably abandon their old eating habits and embrace this phenomenon sweeping our nation.
Authentically organic farms can be expensive to operate. However, organic simply means clean-pesticide free, grown with natural practices, humanely raised, wild caught, and made with love. Arizona offers many farmer markets that support and encourage an organic lifestyle (and they even include cooking courses for the family to participate too!) Farmer’s markets not only offer delicious and healthier foods for families than local grocery stores, but they influence the community as well. By supporting local farmers, money remains in the local community and not in the pockets of major corporation owners. The farmer’s market is your community!
Throughout the valley, from the North, South, East, West, families have access to organic foods and farmer’s markets. In the West, Momma’s Organic Market, which is sponsored by Chipotle, provides fresh and local produce including natural meats, fresh eggs, local honey, fresh breads, and other products. Not only is food available, but a variety of vendors with their crafts, other great local finds participate in this event.
The North Scottsdale Farmers Market brings a mother’s dream to her home. They offer a delivery service, which will deliver fresh food to your front door. Mom can finally go shopping in her pajamas. Yay! However, they would love to see shoppers at one of their venues in Scottsdale or Tempe, indoors or under a shaded tent, year round and dogs are welcome. This farmer’s market is open to the entire family.
TheArizona Community of Farmer’s Markets offers garden classes and chef demos, which will teach families how to grow their own gardens, manage their weeds, mulch, and toil their soil. In addition, once the products have been purchased locally or grown at home, local farmers and chefs show families how to prepare their fresh products. The best part is that it is free, but space is limited.
Shopping at a local farmer’s market encourages and teaches children how to eat healthy and support their local community. Every dollar spent at a local grocery store, invests twenty-five cents into the community. With a local farmer, they get the whole dollar, thus keeping the funds here. For every $100, $45 remains in Arizona versus $13 when shopping at major grocery stores. In order to improve Arizona, families should begin to shop locally and support their local markets.