Mother Earth Living

The Good Life

All things Mother Earth Living

Add to My MSN

Top 10 Reasons to Visit the Farmer's Market

3/30/2011 12:00:00 AM

Tags: farmer's markets, community, local food, local farmers, local economy

Robyn Griggs Lawrence thumbnailThe weekend I’ve been waiting for all year is here. On Saturday, the Boulder Farmer’s Market opens. To mark the opening of farmer’s markets across the country, I’m revisiting Laurel Kallenbach’s Top 10 Reasons to Shop at the Farmers Market from Natural Home & Garden.

1. Feed your family the freshest food.
Farmer’s markets offer the freshest food around—usually only hours from the field—so you get top quality, perfectly ripe flavor.

2. Help the environment.
Eating locally saves vast amounts of packaging waste and energy required to ship food around the globe.

3. Shop organic for global health.
Farmer’s markets attract vendors who use organic growing methods, meaning you gain access to food free of synthetic pesticides. Plus, buying organic supports good land stewardship.

4. Become part of your community.
Festive and lively, farmer’s markets are social venues where you bump into friends and meet local farmers face to face.

5. Support local farmers and your local economy.In an era when sustainable farmers struggle to survive, farmer’s market profits—which go straight into growers’ pockets—help keep small farms alive.

6. Save money.Buying from farmers eliminates the cost of the middleman and pricey shipping, so you get more value for your dollar.

7. Learn about food.
Kids and adults alike enjoy exploring firsthand how foods are grown, harvested, and eaten by browsing market stalls and talking to farmers.

8. Boost your nutrition. 
Tantalizing produce displayed in farmers’ bins and baskets encourages you to eat more fruits and vegetables, so it’s easy to consume the recommended five servings a day.

9. Treat your senses. 
Experiencing the colors, smells and tastes of a farmer’s market is a sensual experience that connects you to the land.

10. Find new cooking ideas. 
Community chefs at the farmer’s market are happy to share recipes for in-season foods.

market 

 Fresh greens will be abundant at farmers markets across the country this weekend. 



Related Content

Baking Organic, Seasonal Treats

Discover help and inspiration from Sarah Magid’s Organic and Chic. 

Spicy Pickled Asparagus Recipe

Instead of eating it all now, learn how to pickle asparagus with this easy Spicy Pickled Asparagus r...

In The News: Cantaloupe Linked to the Deadliest Listeria Outbreak in a Decade

Get all the information about how to protect yourself from the latest listeria outbreak.

Michelle Obama Campaigns for Local Food

First Lady Michelle Obama’s love for local food has the nation wanting to know more about how to eat...

Content Tools




Post a comment below.

 



Subscribe today and save 58%

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living!

Welcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $14.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $19.95.