Reasons to Shop at a Farmers' Market

Why shop at a farmers' market?

Shopping at a farmers' market is a great way to get fruits and vegetables grown close to home.  These fruits and veggies taste great because farmers are able to pick them from the field and bring them to the market often in the same day!  Shopping at a farmers' market also helps to support the local economy by buying produce directly from the local farmer.  Here are some reasons to shop at a farmers' market.

Farmers' markets are fun
Farmers provide fruits and vegetables that are grown and picked during the peak of season in the region.  You may find some fruits and vegetables that you have never seen before.  This is a great way to try a new food in one of your favorite recipes.  Also there may be events going on while you shop for delicious in season foods.

Meeting the farmers
Farmers know a lot of information about how produce is grown.  Talk to the farmer to learn more about the fruits and veggies that you are buying and how to prepare them.  You might be able to learn a new recipe or cooking technique.

Children involvement
Children are more likely to eat foods that they have helped to pick out or helped prepare.  Allow them to pick out a fruit or vegetable and then they can help prepare the item.

Variety
There is a wide variety of fruits and vegetables offered because each farmer may have different techniques of growing their produce.

SNAP is accepted at some farmers' markets
Visit here for more information on using food stamps at farmers' market.

Use the USDA Farmers' Market Search to find a market near you and learn more about the foods that are in season!
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