why eat local?

When you buy at the Market you support the local economy.

This makes it possible for small and mid-size farms to thrive in our region.


Buying local is the best way to get the freshest food available. Much of the produce sold at the Farmers Market is picked the day before it’s sold to you. That translates to better taste, texture and nutritional benefits.

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By eating local foods you contribute to the preservation of the environment in which you live. Farmers Market growers use sustainable methods that are designed to maintain the vitality of local farmland.

Eating locally reduces your carbon footprint. The food you purchase at the Market has traveled a short distance (under 100 miles!), compared to supermarket food that has often traveled thousands of miles, not to mention the energy and resources used for packaging and processing.

Shopping at the Market gives you the chance to know the people who produce your food. They are a valuable resource, with lots to share about how your food is grown, its nutritional benefits and how to prepare it. Many patrons have commented on how much they enjoy the weekly interaction with their Farmers Market vendors.

Eating Local is for Everybody!

The market appeals to every budget and every palate. All vendors accept SNAP/EBT, and you will receive double the value of the SNAP benefits used. Cash, debit card, and SNAP/EBT can be used at the market to purchase an array of foods that reflect the heritage of the vendors, the Floyd community, and the region.