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Published on August 10, 2017

7 Benefits of Farmers' Markets

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Farmer's marketHere are some good-for-you and good-for-the-planet reasons to support your local farmers.

Farmers' markets are popping up all around the country, with delicious and healthy fare available in small towns and large cities alike. From fresh produce to locally-sourced honey and from homemade jams to just-cut flowers, there's plenty for the eyes and palette to enjoy.

Here are 7 delicious reasons to shop at the farm stand this week:

  1.     Fresher food. The shorter the distance from the field to your table, the fresher the food. Produce grown locally is picked at its peak and is available to eat right away. The quicker food is eaten after it’s harvested, the more vitamins and minerals it retains.
  2.     Better taste. Your taste buds notice the difference when you eat locally grown produce. Lettuce picked more than a week ago, wrapped in plastic and trucked a thousand miles can’t compare in taste to lettuce that was just picked yesterday.
  3.     Fewer or no preservatives. Fruits and vegetables grown closer to where you live tend to have less preservatives because they don’t need to travel long distances. Many local farms also follow organic growing practices.
  4.     Reduced risk of contamination. Less handling and fewer steps between the grower and the consumer can lower the risk of contamination from foodborne bacteria, viruses and microbes.
  5.     Supports local farmers. When you buy produce from local farmers, about 90 cents of every dollar goes to the farmer. When you shop at large supermarkets, only about 20 cents reaches the farmer. The rest goes to marketing, distribution and corporate expenses.
  6.     Good for the planet. Supporting local farms also helps maintain green space in your community. And since locally-grown food doesn’t need to travel far, there’s less pollution created and fewer resources used.
  7.     More choices. Local farmers can offer more variety, including heirloom and specialty crops. Looking for a unique tomato or a particular peach? Head to your local farm stand.

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