Ten reasons shopping at the Burnaby Artisans Farmers’ Market can make your life better

It’s a win-win situation when you get to spend time outdoors and find healthy, fun produce you can get excited about. Find foods you may have never even heard of, like rutabaga and Romanesco cauliflower, or upgraded versions of the vegetables you do know, like rainbow carrots, at the Burnaby Artisan Farmers’ Market.

It may not be scientifically proven that going to your local farmers’ market can improve your quality of life. However, once you see for yourself, you won’t need a study to show you that markets, like the Burnaby Artisan Market, are not only loads of fun, but that in some way or another, it canmake your life better. Here are ten ways that it has made our life better:

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  1. You feel healthier: the beauty of farmers markets is that you can see and learn about where your food comes from. You meet the farmers and learn about the nutritional benefits their food has to you.

  2. It’s better for the environment: when you buy food that has been grown nearby, you save the energy, petroleum and fossil fuels it takes to ship food around the world.

  3. Buying locally helps support those who need to be supported: buying from your local farmer means you are supporting local agriculture and buying from a local artisan means you are supporting a small business entrepreneur and you can definitely feel good about that.

  4. Fresh local food: farmers, like those at Peace Arch Farms, Floralia Growers, Stein Mountain Farm, Rockweld Farm, Snowy Mountain Organics, Leah Lake Farms, The Apple Man and many others provide seasonal, ripe produce, which can increase your overall health.

  5. Connect with others from the community: meeting your local farmers and artisans and talking to them about their food not only teaches you more than you’d learn in a grocery store chain, it helps build a stronger community.

  6. The food tastes better: taking a bite out of that heirloom tomato or crunching on that spicy radish will never taste as good as the ones grown by local hands.

  7. Get easy meals from local artisans: homemade soups from Kiki’s kitchen, savoury pies from Chef Enrick Food Corp and ravioli and dried pasta from Cowichan pasta are just some of the prepared foods that are available

  8. Find the perfect gift: shopping local has never been easier! From jewellery to pottery and craft liquors to clothes, there is the perfect gift for everyone at the Burnaby Artisan Farmers’ Market.

  9. Enjoy a fun family day:if weekends are your prime-time for errands, bring the whole family and shop while enjoying on-market and nearby family activities. On-market events include everything from food demonstrations to zucchini races. Deer Lake Park’s activities are also next door.

  10. Support a non-profit society:the organizers of the Burnaby market, Artisan Farmers’ Market Society, is a non-profit dedicated to supporting local agriculture and entrepreneurs and also donates to local charities such as the annual Run Up for Down Syndrome at SFU.

Burnaby Artisan Farmers’ Market is open on Saturdays from May to October with fresh and local produce, preserves, treats and great artisan gifts! Learn more at www.artisanmarkets.ca. Follow them on Facebook for their Saturday 9:30 am Facebook Live. You can also find them on Instagram and Twitter

#BCBuyLocal. Supported by the Government of BC’s Buy Local Program; delivered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC.

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