Farmers Markets & Local Food Resources

Why should you buy local?

  • Help spur economic growth! Simply put, when you spend your dollars locally, the money circulates locally, positively impacting several businesses before it leaves the area. Spending the same amount of money at a large national chain has very little positive impact on the local economy.
  • Know what’s in your food! Buying straight from local farmers gives you the opportunity to ask them important questions about how the food was grown, what farming practices were used, and what’s really in your food.
  • Local food can taste better and have more nutritional benefit! Studies show that the distance food travels from farm to table affects attributes like taste and nutrition.
  • Help preserve open space and keep local farms in business! Buying from local farms helps keep smaller farms in business. This helps maintain our rural character and helps farmers afford to keep their farms operating and local jobs in place.

Local Farm Resources

Van Buren County Farmers Markets

Taste the Local Difference

Michigan Market Maker

Fruit & Vegetable Seasonal Availability Guide

Local Farm Guide Location Map

Online Interactive & Customizable Google Map 


Download a printable copy: 2019 Local Food & Farm Guide