Summer is almost upon us and it’s time to start thinking about summer salads, fresh fruit and corn on the cob. The best way to indulge in these seasonal treats is to shop and buy locally at farmers’ markets. Food grown on small, local farms reaches your table faster, which means it was picked at its peak of freshness. Fruits and vegtables will taste better and still be packed with nutrients. Consider the time that can pass with store bought produce. Often, seven to fourteen days can go between the time produce is picked and when it becomes available at the supermarket. It can travel more than 1,200 miles before reaching the final consumer.
Also, when you buy local produce you are directly supporting the local economy! Spending money at farmers’ markets keeps your money in circulation within the local community, preserving and creating local jobs. This is very different from many major grocery stores where a large percentage of sales leave the community, and possibly even the state or the region.
Another great thing about farmers’ markets is that if you are ever unsure about what a product is, where it came from, or how it was grown, you can just ask! So spend a morning enjoying the beautiful sights and smells at these local farmers markets, you never know, you might find something new to try.