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Your search history is full of searches like the above. Why? Part of it is convenience, obviously. You don’t want to go to a store 6 miles away when there is one you didn’t realize there was a comparable one 2 miles away.
But the other reason is connection. It doesn’t matter if you are new to town or if you are living in the same home you grew up in, we are always looking for ways to be better connected to our community. Stopping in at a location that has familiar faces is not only comforting. It is also an accomplishment that you are part of the local scene.
A good way to connect to your community is to turn to open-air markets and farmers’ markets for many of your household needs. Do part of your grocery run at a local farmers’ market and explore the stalls full of fresh food. Produce, baked goods, and more are available. As you shop, you’ll help a small business and become more of a local guide.
Farmers may attend to sell specialty ice creams, unique milk flavors, and artisan cheeses. Discover your local favorites and chat up the producers. You may learn how to best enjoy cheese curds or how to store your milk for longer.
When you find your must-have dairy, learn about how the food is made. Many consumers have no idea where their food comes from or what must be done to produce their favorite foods. The farm is out of a movie or television show, part of the landscape on road trips.
Local food is a rarity–at least, that is how we often perceive it. In fact, once milk is picked up from the dairy farm, it takes about 2 days to arrive in grocery stores. Though farmers may not live next door to you, they are a part of the same community as you.
Find out if a local farm offers tours of the facility. You can don some comfy clothing and visit the cows that make your yummy groceries. Leaving with a greater appreciation of your food, you will happily share what you have learned on the next market day.
The next time you search for farms near me, don’t be surprised when they appear close to home.