Appreciating what’s on your doorstep

January 25th 2018
By: Melanie

Don’t forget it’s Harpenden Farmer's Market  on Sunday 28th January form 10-2pm on Lower High Street, Harpenden.  Harpenden Farmer's Market takes place on the 4th Sunday of the month (except in December).  

At the market you can take in a whole host of local produce and talk with local farmers about what’s good for your St Albans or Harpenden table at the moment. It’s got to be better than the halogen lights of the local supermarket with all those neon-coloured cardboard boxes that it’s hard to choose between.

Shopping at the local farmers market has lots of benefits, it can; help us eat more seasonally, supermarkets tend to offer too much variety and the food is picked before it has ripened decreasing the vitality of the produce. Many farmers have products that are not technically “organic,” as it’s a costly process but they may have low-priced foods that are pesticide and herbicide free meaning they are almost organic. There is no doubt that locally-grown foods simply taste better. 

Using your local farmers market also means you are supporting our Local Economy and the real human beings who are Hertfordshire's  farmers. It can feel good to support the local economy, rather than put all of your weekly shop into massive impersonal supermarkets.

Alongside know that some of  the food you are eating comes from nearby, buying from your local farmers market often allows you to buy some food unpackaged. If you are generally trying to reduce your St Albans or Harpenden household waste production this year, less packaging is good.