In recent years there has been a growing movement to encourage holiday shoppers to “shop small” on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This effort aligns with our campaign to remind people of the wonderful gifts available at virtually all winter farmers’ markets. Below are some simple graphics that emphasize that message (feel free to repost and adapt as needed), as well as some data about why “shopping local” is important for farmers and other small businesses represented at markets.
- Dollars spent at local small businesses circulate in the community from 1.7 to 4 times, making local shopping a direct, simple way to invest in your community.
- In 2016, the average Maine market farmer travelled 22.66 miles to market. The average American meal travels 1600 miles from farm to kitchen. Buying more food and other products at farmers’ markets supports small producers in your immediate area!
- More than half of Maine farmers’ market shoppers surveyed in 2016 reported spending $20 or more at other local businesses after visiting their favorite farmers’ market. Vibrant markets contribute to thriving business communities.
- Maine farmers’ markets have an average of 16 vendors, and many have far more. Thanks to the diversity of local farms and producers, each market stall will have many items from which to choose. Find the perfect hostess gift, holiday decoration, and gifts for friends and family right in town at the farmers’ market!
- Find a list of Maine winter farmers’ markets on our website.
- Read the Bangor Daily News’ recent article about winter markets here.