Even on vacation, we’ll either take our camper or stay at a place with at least a kitchenette, then scope out when and where the local Farmers Markets are. That saves us money to spend on other excursions and ensures we have what we need to prepare healthy meals.
There is often live music, crafts for kids, and cooking or product demonstrations. Offerings vary from market to market. In addition to vegetables and fruits, I see meat, jerky, chicken, eggs, cheese, nuts, honey, preserves, ferments, pickles, oils & vinegars, shrubs, soaps, candles, toothpaste, balms, chocolate, ice cream bars, kombucha, bone broth, gourmet dog biscuits, baskets, and breads. So many choices! I sometimes even get inspired to make my own creations.
Farmers markets help me achieve my health goals. Eating seasonally is great for your health. Produce that is ripened naturally and picked fresh is bursting with flavor, color, and nutrition. Time is an enemy to the nutrients in fruits and vegetables. Who knows when your grocery store produce was picked or how far it traveled to get there. If you 'e eating blueberries in Texas in January, they most likely came from Chile or Argentina and are doubtfully organic. The closer to home, the better.
When you get to know your farmers, their families, and their operations you will be more in touch with your food. You can ask questions, diversify with items you have never tried, and learn different ways to prepare your food. You help your local economy and the environment at the same time. My advice is to get there early for the best picks and late for the best deals. Most farmers don’t want to pack up their offerings to take home. Buy those closing deals in bulk and ferment, can or freeze-dry.
Thankfully, farmers markets are becoming more common and easier to find. If you absolutely don’t have an option near you, check for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). Your options are more limited, but they can be fun too and you will be getting fresh food. If you have neither, grab some neighbors and start one! Questions, comments, and shares are welcomed.