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Why Buy Local?
Supporting your local food system is good for all of us – you as a consumer, your local grower, and your local economy! When your food is grown nearby, it retains all of its nutritional content. Much of the produce at the Lake Orion Farmers’ Market is picked 24 hours or less before it comes to market. When your food is picked before it is ready, and spends weeks on a truck before it gets to the grocer – its value to you is already depleted. The furthest distance any of our farmers come to market is 33 miles!
Our downtown Lake Orion Farmers’ Market offers you the ability to meet your grower face to face. They encourage you to ask questions! For example, ask why raw honey has more nutrients than processed, or view pictures of a certified organic farm and learn about organic meats, eggs and produce. Our vendors love to talk about what they love to do – including maple syrup, bread, caramels, baked goods, gourmet popcorn, or just life on the farm. Go ahead and ask!
Local farmers markets have exploded in popularity as customers have come to realize how important it is to have freshly grown, unprocessed foods. We hope you continue to support your local growers and your local economy by shopping with us on Wednesday afternoons!
Plan to stop into one of the great independent businesses while you are downtown. Not sure what we have to offer? Pick up your copy of the Lake Orion Dining & Shopping guide at the Market Master Booth. Did you know that if just half the employed U.S. population spent $50 each month in independently owned stores, their purchases would generate $42,629,700,000 in revenue? And for every $100 spent in local owned stores, $68 of it returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures. If you spend that in a national chain, only $43 of it stays here. Spend it online – and nothing comes home. For more info, check out ‘The 3/50 Project’, ‘Saving the Brick and Mortar Our Nation Was built On.’
Your downtown Lake Orion Farmers’ Market is proud to belong to the Michigan Farmers’ Market Association, and listed on many registries, including: