It’s that time of year! Farmers markets are open and selling fresh, local produce. There are numerous reasons to shop at the farmers market. Here are just a few:

1. Nourish Your Body

Produce from local farmers is picked at the peak of ripeness.  This means that it is packed with more nutrients and flavor than produce that is picked before it has ripened and shipped to your grocery store.  

2. Enjoy What’s in Season

Now that warmer weather is here, there are a variety of fruits and vegetables in season. Some include:

  • Asparagus
  • Tomatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Strawberries
  • Apricots
  • Mushrooms
3. Save the Environment

In the U.S., food travels an average of 1,500 miles to get to your plate. All of this transportation contributes to pollution and creates excess trash with packaging. When you go, just remember to bring a reusable bag!  

4.  Connect with the Community

Meet your local farmers and catch up with friends in the community.  Make it a date with friends or family to explore what the market has to offer this week!

5. Know Where Your Food Comes From

Speaking with local farmers can help you learn how your food is grown and where it comes from.  The farmers may also give you tips on the best ways to prepare and cook their produce.

6. Expand Your Palate

Have you ever tried red carrots, rhubarb or purple cauliflower?  Many local farmers markets offer lesser known fruits and vegetables that can add more variety and excitement to your diet.  You might just find a new favorite fruit or vegetable on your next visit!