Health Tips - Farmers’ Market

 
Farmers’ Market

"Farmers’ markets" are outdoor gatherings where farmers sell their products to the public usually at a regular weekly time. The produce is famous for being very fresh and locally grown. But did you know that these vegetables and fruits are healthier for you than store-bought vegetables and fruits?

For comparison, commercial farmers who ship their produce over a distance pick their produce weeks before it is ripe and use ethylene gas to make it look ripe. That is why tomatoes can be red, but hard as a rock and tasteless. This early picking reduces the nutrient content and flavor of the produce. Most food sold in commercial stores is factory farmed, and modified for profit, not for you!

Farmers’ markets allow local farmers to pick produce at the peak of flavor and nutritional content and sell it to you directly! They offer food grown organically, handmade farm cheeses, eggs and poultry from free-range fowl. Nothing tastes better than one of these fresh ripe apples with no wax!

Since this locally produced food does not travel as far to get to your table, the difference in mileage saves fuel and is better for the environment.

It is very satisfying to speak directly to the person who grows or makes your food. Ask the farmer directly about their growing techniques. There is a sense of community and fun at a farmers’ market that no store can beat!

Farmers’ markets are a traditional way of selling farm and homemade products. Open-air markets have been part of normal life in villages and town squares throughout the world for centuries.

For the farmers’ markets nearest you, search your zip code in this site: http://www.localharvest.org/

Read all my nutrition tips to find out how easy it is to keep yourself healthy, and how to get healthier faster.

Happy harvesting!

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