Shopping Local Farmer’s Markets May Reduce Stress

With many areas of life feeling chaotic since March, where you choose to shop is one thing you can control. As weather begins to warm up, many people are anticipating the opening of farmer’s markets and roadside produce stands as more enjoyable and less stressful options for picking up essential food items.

Amanda Shreve, Executive Director for the Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA), said “Michigan is home to more than 300 farmers markets. Each market will make important decisions about how and when to open for the season with the safety of their vendors, employees and patrons in mind.”

MIFMA provided their farm market network with online tools to help establish and communicate standard safety practices for farmer’s markets in light of COVID-19. Shopping local markets offers positive benefits such as knowing where your food comes from, reducing waste from excess packaging, shipping and handling, and supporting local economies.

Visit the Michigan Farm Market Association’s website <HERE>  to find a market in your community. The Vantage Point Farmer’s Market is slated to open on May 30th and continue on Saturdays until Fall.

Reporting for WGRT – Jessie Wiegand