Tacoma Farmers Market

Tacoma Farmers Market Vision

Tacoma Farmers Markets embrace a vision of a world where good, wholesome foods are readily available and affordable for all our citizens. Because of this, our philosophy includes the slow food movement, caring for the environment, support of farm to table, and education about nutrition.

Slow Food is an idea, a way of living and a way of eating. It is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.

Embracing the Slow Food Movement

  • Valuing where food comes from
  • Honoring who produces the food
  • Savoring the flavor experience of eating seasonally
  • Relishing the freshness and nutritional benefits
  • “Feel good” aspects of preserving the farm
  • Creates food options and gives people the control to choose

Environmentally Responsible

  • Organically grown nurtures local land, water, air and wildlife
  • Reduces carbon footprint, cuts long-distance food transport
  • No genetic modification, preserves ancient biodiversity

Nurturing Consumers through Less Handling of Food

  • Supports small, unsubsidized, noncommercial farms
  • Utilizes humane farming practices and non conveyer-belt systems
  • Hand harvested, hand washed and hand-delivered foods

Direct from the farmer to the customer

  • Meet your grower, learn their growing and preparing tips
  • Know the person who feeds your family
  • Same day freshness, bountiful nutrition

Market Education

  • Chef demonstrations teaching healthy food preparation
  • Gardening demonstrations illustrating how to grow your own food
  • Nutritional demonstrations teaching health benefits of foods
  • Farmers teaching shoppers where foods come from

Reconnecting People thru Food (i.e. bringing back the family meal)

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