The competition between corporate-owned supermarkets and your local grocer are no surprise these days.
However, there’s a new competitor in the game: farmers markets. Circa Campus' Nick Cioffi hit one of the most popular local markets at Union Square in New York City.
The popularity of the markets seems to be growing for one common reason: health, according to the USDA. Consumers choose the farmer’s market to get organic produce. Farmers markets may offer healthier options, but when it comes to prices they typically aren’t cheaper. Customers believe that the price change is worth it in the long-run for their health.
Another benefit of going to farmers markets is the variety of products the vendors offer. The markets sell various exotic fruits and vegetables, indoor plants, outdoor plants, cactuses, etc. Some of these products are not exactly items you can throw in your basket at the local grocery store.
Markets are just one step we are taking in order to transform into a healthier society. Now restaurants are producing healthier options as well as including nutritional info. on their menus. Laws by the FDA are being implemented that enforce menu nutritional labeling if not, menus must at least state that "additional nutritional information is available upon request." Restaurants who have begun labeling their menus with calorie counts include both fast-food chains and sit-down restaurants. These efforts will hopefully motivate individuals to take more interest into the food they are consuming. Without the law in effect, some restaurants such as "Shake Shack" and "Chipotle" are already offering calorie counts of their menus.
Whether you go to farmers markets, eat out a lot, or maybe both, today individuals are frequently persuaded to live a healthier lifestyle. Hopefully this trend of popularity around farmer’s markets will motivate and change the American way… making us an overall healthier country.
(Credit: Circa Campus contributor, Nick Cioffi in partnership with GenFKD)