Going to a farmers market is a great way to spend some time outdoors! Here are 4 benefits of shopping at a farmers market.

Fresh produce: Fruits and Vegetables grown and sold on the farm are among the freshest you will find as a result of ripening naturally in the field. Oftentimes, produce sold in stores can be damaged or bruised as a result of shipping.

Enjoy seasonal produce: Produce availability depends on the season which means that the produce found at farmers markets is usually at its peak when it is the freshest and best quality. If you are looking for sweet corn in the winter, odds are it will not be the highest quality, since it is being grown out of season. Plus, many crops sold at farmers markets are organic and non-GMO.

Help protect the environment: Shipping products use natural resources that contribute to pollution. It also requires a lot of packaging which, in turn, creates more trash to be disposed of. Foods sold at farmers markets require less packaging due to short shipping distances. Plus, they are usually grown in eco-friendly environments without using synthetic fertilizers and pesticides – that’s good for you and the Earth!

Know where your food comes from and help the community: Shopping locally helps support your community, especially by supporting family-owned farms. Learn about the growing, harvesting, and transportation processes. Additionally, you can learn how and where the food is grown and what chemicals, if any, they used.

Next time you need produce, head to a local farmers market to meet friendly faces and purchase fresh produce. Meet a friend, or bring the kids along to get them interested in nutrition, fruits and veggies, and cooking!


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