Summertime Farmer's Market

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By: Grace Iberle, RDN, LDN, CHC, CPT

Summertime is a great time to get out and get moving, including changing up the way you purchase your food. Instead of going to the grocery store, try checking out your local farmers market. 

Shopping at your local farmer’s market is a great way to support your community and strengthen the local economy. Many of the farms are within 100 miles of the market. Shopping locally reduces environmental impact by reducing the use of fossil fuels to transport the food nationally or even internationally. In the US, food travels on average 1,500 miles to get from the farm to your plate. 

Farmers typically carry in-season produce, which means the produce is at its ripest and the peak of nutritional quality and flavor. Shopping seasonally is an opportunity to add more variety to your routine and try new fruits and vegetables. If you’re unsure how to cut or prepare produce, the farmers are a convenient resource and can explain simple cooking and preparation methods. You can also ask about their farming practices to become more mindful in your eating habits by knowing exactly where your food comes from.

Going to the farmer’s market can be an activity for the whole family. Get your children involved and start to teach them where their food comes from. This can help to establish life-long healthy eating habits and encourage eating more fruits and vegetables. 

There’s more than just food! Often you can shop for plants and freshly cut flowers. Some markets will have live music playing or cooking demos as well. Each time I go to the farmers market, I always love to pick up some fresh flowers to brighten up my home!  

Check out the Local Food Directories: National Farmers Market Directory to find a farmers market near you! Many farmers markets accept SNAP, WIC, and state food assistance programs. 

Don’t forget your reusable bags!


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