With the many farmers markets happening across the region, there is plenty of opportunity to get out and support local growers by purchasing their produce.
From fruit, vegetables, nuts, peanut butter, eggs, bread and pasta, there are a wide range of things people can find to help stock up their pantry.
Often, it may seem easy to just go to a supermarket to buy your groceries, but farmers markets offer people so much more than the hustle and bustle of the check-out line.
Not only are we given access to high-quality produce through farmers markets but we also have the opportunity to speak to the people who grow and create it.
These people often work in the Goulburn Valley, so attending a farmers market can give you the chance to help support our region and its growers.
By speaking and meeting these people in a farmers-market setting, we can learn more about the product, where it was grown and what was used in the process of growing it.
Farmers markets are also great places to catch up with people, so your food-shopping trip becomes more of a fun, social outing rather than a dull and repetitive time at the supermarket.
It is good to see the Shepparton Farmers Market has remained a steady monthly attraction for the past year and plans to grow.
This is fantastic and is something we should all try to support by heading to Emerald Bank Leisure Land, where it is held, on the first Sunday of each month.
Nearly every town in our region holds a farmers market and with many people already making the effort to attend the ones held in Mooroopna and Violet Town, it’s good to get out and support others.
Fortunately they do not all happen on the same weekend, which means people have plenty of opportunity to venture to a market at least once a month.
Supporting our growers is not just about buying their produce in a supermarket, it’s about making them aware that there is a demand for their product and people appreciate them.
And what better way to do these things than at a farmers market.