The Santee Farmers Market is a great place to buy fresh, local produce and hand-crafted treasures. The market is open every Wednesday from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and is located at the corner of Mast Blvd. and Carlton Hills Blvd. in Santee, CA.
Some of the reasons for shopping for your food at the Santee Farmers Market are:
Farmer’s markets sell recently picked produce — usually less than 24 hours since harvesting so it’s much fresher than store-bought.
Items at farmer’s markets have not “traveled” far. The carbon footprint to transport from nearby farms is teeny compared to what’s consumed over hundreds and thousands of miles by sea, air, or long-distance trucking.
Nutritional content is greater with fresh and local foods since they’ve been harvested recently and haven’t been sitting on grocery shelves, in warehouses, or traveled long distances.
Sample a strawberry that was recently picked. Not only is it more colorful, but the flavor is intense and nothing like what you’d find in a store.
Foods sold at farmer’s markets don’t need added preservatives because they won’t last as long as foods that have been sitting around for days or weeks.
Buy just what you need
You can pick one or two carrots if that’s all you need. You won’t be forced to buy an entire bag. Same with other items. Buy portions that match your needs, which means less waste and less over-eating.
Control what you’re getting
Inspect items for freshness. You won’t be forced to buy items that are pre-packaged and hard to tell their quality. In stores, foods and herbs are often sold in sealed containers. How often do you get home and open them only to find they’re over-ripe, wilted, or slimy?
Keeps our communities healthy, too
The more we support local farmers who grow food in healthy ways, the more they–and their beautiful farmland–will flourish. Buying at local markets puts money directly into the pockets of local farmers and craftspeople rather than industrial conglomerates.
The Santee Farmers Market is a great place to buy fresh, local produce and hand-crafted creations. Supporting local farmers and artists keeps our community healthy.