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By: Abby Lowe

Grocery shopping isn’t something to get excited about. Other than the well-deserved treats in the ice cream isle, the grocery store has little to no perks. The frigid freezer aisles, and rows and rows of foods full of preservatives does not add to the excitement of completing the weekly task of picking up food. Grocery shopping is a necessity for many, so why not make the chore a little more exciting, fresh, and fun by going to a farmers market instead.

Many believe that farmers markets are not easily accessible because they are only on certain days, at certain times, with limited amounts of freshness but this isn’t always the case. Farmers markets in Chicago are offered on every single day of the week with Saturdays and Sundays having the most markets available. On top of this, many of the farmers markets have varying times that they are open. With some being in the morning, and others in the evening, it makes it easier and more accessible for many to find ones that work for them. Each farmers market is unique to the area that it is placed in. Some have more fruits and vegetables, while others host local shops and boutiques to sell other items such as candles, or oils. For many, going to a few different farmers markets can be more beneficial than just attending one. Because these markets are upbeat and unique in their own ways going to more than one seems more like an enjoyable event, rather than a chore.

Another great thing about farmers markets is that they are a little bit more entertaining than walking through a grocery store. Although the food choices may be a little more limited, the experience of shopping in an outdoor market makes up for it. Being in the fresh air while shopping for local produce is a completely different experience than looking at it under the artificial lights of a grocery.  Another plus of shopping for your groceries at a farmers market is the food being extremely fresh and clean. Many and most markets get their produce, grains and meats from local farm areas, so you’re helping out the local economy as well. Other than the farmers markets being fresher and more local they can make your day better! Being outside and interacting with many of the different vendors excited about selling their products, farmers markets bring a smile to many faces. The markets sell anything from produce to honey to flowers, perfect to bring home with your fresh groceries and brighten up your house.


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