Jamie Vallone, RD, CDN
As the warmer months are upon us, we’re often looking for ways to spend more time enjoying the outdoors. One entertaining and healthful way to spend some time in the sunshine is by visiting your local farmers market.
Farmers markets are designed for local farmers to sell their products directly to the public. This means that the items you’re getting are fresher than you would find at a grocery store where the food has been shipped in. It’s possible that the food you’re getting has been picked that same morning! Depending on the market and vendors, you can find all kinds of products including fruits, vegetables, herbs, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products, grains and even fresh flowers to brighten your home.
Another great part of the food from a farmers market is that it is in season and may include produce that isn’t available at the grocery store quite yet – or even at all. This might prompt you and your family to try something you’ve never had before. Sometimes vendors even have recipes or tips for cooking to go along with their produce.
Farmers markets are a good way for the public to help support the success of small farmers that are living and working in their own community. The majority of grocery stores in the country purchase goods from large farms. Click here to learn more about how farmers markets impact the community.
Some vendors at farmers markets accept SNAP, WIC, or Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program coupons. Click here to find a farmers market near you.