Healthy Weekend: Find a Farmers Market

by Rachel on June 19, 2009

I am sure you’ve heard that it’s great to shop at farmers markets, but perhaps you’ve never really known why. Farmers markets are a source of locally grown produce; by buying there, you can support smaller farms and support your local economy. Buying local produce also is a great way to reduce environmental waste–a tomato that travels three miles uses far less in natural resources than a tomato that travels 200. It’s not a guarantee, but you can also save money. You can often get huge bunches of herbs or bags of apples for a fraction of what you’d pay at the grocery store.

You may not be limited to just buying produce. Farmers markets feature many vendors, selling plants, flowers, drinks, jellies and jams, herbs and spices, bread and baked goods, meat, and dairy. It’s such a great opportunity to discover the artists in your area!

If you’re unsure of where the closest one is, try FarmersMarket.com and search for your city and state. I was honestly surprised to see how many markets are close to me!

Last time I went, I stocked up on Groovy Granola, whole wheat rolls, apples, yellow peppers, green onions, strawberries, garlic, and summer squash. It was relaxing and so nice to get to chat with the nice people who are selling their items there.  Invite your mom or your boyfriend’s mom to really make someone’s day! You can also plan to stock up on goodies to make a delicious dinner after a day of shopping. Even if you have to travel a couple towns, it’s worth it. This is a perfect lazy Sunday activity.

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1 Emma June 19, 2009 at 4:48 pm

I started following your blog (which I found via The Nutritionista) and this is a great tip! I’ve been looking for ways to cut down a bit on my produce expenses (which are enormous!) and I searched for a Farmers’ Market – surprisingly, there are several in my town, including one tomorrow morning. I can’t wait to check it out!

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2 Emma June 19, 2009 at 4:49 pm

I forgot to add a big THANK YOU to that comment!

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3 Rachel June 19, 2009 at 10:16 pm

I’m so glad you could use this tip! Let me know how it goes tomorrow! :)

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