FARMERS' MARKET FINDS: WHAT TO LOOK FOR THIS SEASON
If you love food and community, the farmers marker is the place for you! It can feel pretty dreamy stepping into a farmers market and being surrounded by fresh produce, locally made goods, and grass fed everything. Plus shopping at the farmers marker is the easiest way to eat locally and with the seasons!
WHY EAT SEASONALLY?
Food grown locally tends to mean seasonal foods at your fingertips. Foods purchased locally and in season may even offer a slight nutritional value compared with produce that has traveled long distances. It tastes fresher and holds it natural colors.
Eating seasonally also helps balance the earths resources. We can forget that food availability naturally changes with the seasons because modern agriculture allows us to have most foods year round; we see tomatoes even when it isn't "tomato season."
LOCAL OR BIG CHAIN: THE DIFFERENCE
Typically, local food from the farmers market can be bought in bulk at a cheaper price. Buying organically at the grocery store can feel like you're emptying your wallet. Fortunately, farmers markets regularly offer organic produce at a lower cost. While the fruits and veggies you find at the farmers market may not be as aesthetically pleasing as the grocery store, they still contain the same or more nutrients without any unnatural processes.
Another bonus of the farmers market is how it brings your community together over a mutual bond of food. You can meet people who have planted, tended, grown, and harvested your food. It's a great place to connect with others who share your passion and get to know the farmers behind it all! While you're creating connection, your also supporting a local business!
So grab your reusable bag and head to the farmers market!
HERE'S WHAT TO PICK UP RIGHT NOW:
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