Healthy Eating at Georgia Farmers Markets
With a positive impact on the economy, Georgia Farmers Markets has one of the biggest farmers markets in the world. Individual markets are held throughout Georgia, selling a wide variety of produce and products.
As a going concern in retail, there are a number of benefits for both farmers and consumers. Whether it be increased profit or selling fresh produce to consumers directly, all of this reduces the overall cost which is involved in the running of traditional markets.
In addition, as the markets are outside, this also reduces the overall running cost in terms of buildings, lighting and air conditioning. Farmers are also entitled to keep the majority of the profit for themselves as well as maintaining the simplicity and independence of the direct sale. Below is a few examples of markets and what they offer.
Alpharetta Farmer’s Market is where farmers, gardeners and producers of edible home goods sell a variety of products from fruits and vegetables to delicious desserts such as homemade jellies and cakes. Runs every Saturday from April to October.
Athens Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 9am till 1pm all year round. Naturally grown and home grown produce together with crafts, paintings and other art works are also sold at this market.
As a 150 acre market in Forest Park, Georgia, Atlanta State Farmers Market is regarded as one of the largest not only in the US but also in the world. As well as selling a wide variety of products, this market is also a major point of contact for marketing and distribution center for fresh produce in the Southeast and throughout the US and the world and also contains a garden centre and other wholesale and retail activities. All types of seasonal fruit and vegetables are sold here ranging from tomatoes, corn, avocados and beetroots to oranges, blueberries, grapefruit, peppers, grapes, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, lettuce, carrots and cucumbers and many more. Not only is there a welcome center but also a restaurant together with many other businesses such as butchers, nurseries and a wide variety of many other businesses all under the one roof. Shops are easily accessible with fresh produce being able to be off loaded directly onto the customer’s cars. Most of the products on sale here are able to be purchased in large quantities with the minimum purchase being a basket.
In addition, many benefits are evident for both the consumer and the community as a whole in Georgia itself. This includes maintaining links to the outside world, generating income for other nearby local businesses and raising the profile of the surrounding areas closely linked to Georgia. Outlets are also provided to let farmers create an element of distinction and uniqueness enabling visitors to make a return visit.
For the consumer there are also many benefits, such as being able to purchase fresh, seasonal, healthier foods as well as a community feel where people get the chance to meet others and enjoy the outdoors.