Shopping at your local Farmer’s Market is recommended because it is chemical free. Nutritional value begins to decline immediately after picking and continues as the produce ages. Exposure to light, air and heat can also cause a loss of nutrients.
Much of the produce found in your grocery has traveled many miles and several days before reaching you. In many cases, frozen fruits and vegetables contain more nutrients than “fresh” bought from the grocery store. When you purchase produce in the grocery, you are also paying for the gas and shipping costs.
Shopping at your local farmer’s market allows you to have the freshest produce available. Most of the items are picked that day or the day before and are at their peak. Better yet, if you have any questions, the person who grew it is right there to ask. If you are in doubt as to where the produce came from, grown locally or shipped in, ask the grower.
Another bonus in buying local is that it helps to provide a positive impact on the environment and local economy.
Because of consumer’s requests for organic produce, you’ll likely find local farmers who grow organically.
Another bonus to buying at a farmers market is that many farmers markets offer not only vegetables, but also fruits, nuts, homemade soaps, freshly blended teas and a variety of locally-made goods such as jams, sauces, and marinades. Some even offer crafts, handmade clothing, cheeses and much more.
Check out your local farmers market, I am sure you won’t be disappointed. Please come join us at the Side Farmers Market, 3300 Warsaw Street, Fort Wayne on Saturdays, 7a.m. to 1 p.m.