Eating locally-grown food matters. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, local food sales in the United States increased three times over from 1992 to 2007. What explains this increase in popularity? For one, locally-purchased food supports jobs in our community, enriching our local economy. Consumers also get fresher, higher quality food, and buyers can also get to know the local farmers who grow their food and gain a better understanding of how their food is produced.

     Luckily, our area has so many options for buying locally-produced food. These four local produce shops and farmers’ markets give Clemmons residents the opportunity to purchase fresh, seasonal produce at reasonable prices. Even though some of the local farmers’ markets close after the fall season, all of our choices are within a short drive of Clemmons and are open year-round.

     The Fairgrounds Farmers Market (located at 421 27th Street Northwest) in Winston-Salem is open every Saturday throughout the year from 6 a.m. until 1 p.m. Vendors bring beautiful flowers, fresh produce, homemade baked goods, delicious honey, and more to sell at the market. Both “growers” (farmers) and “crafters” set up shop at this vendor-driven marketplace.