My Daily Act :: I made my first trip of the season to the Farmer’s Market. It was a party for all of my senses; the bright colors of fresh, whole food; the aroma of herbs, vegetables, and flowers; the flavorful tidbits of samples; the warmth of the morning sun and the tickle of a cool, gentle breeze.
There are a lot of reasons why shopping at the farmer’s market is good for your health, the health of your community, and our planet. Here are a few reasons to shop at your local farmer’s market:
- Produce is picked and sold within hours or a few days (rather than weeks). It’s fresher, more nutrient-dense, and doesn’t require chemicals or wax to keep it looking fresh.
- You can talk directly to the growers of your food. You can ask questions about growing practices, as well as get tips for storing and preparing your food.
- Most local farmers don’t use the chemicals that commercial growers use. So even if what you buy isn’t organic, it’s more natural.
- Your food is safer. E-coli and Salmonella outbreaks usually happen in industrial settings, not on farms.
- Your money is going to local farmers rather than large food conglomerates.
- Your food has a much shorter transit. It travels across your city or county rather than across the country or world, saving fuel and resources.
- It’s a better value. You’ll pay the same or less than what you pay at the grocery store and you’re getting fresher, healthier food.
- It’s fun! And when’s the last time you had fun at the grocery store?